Baotou is to become one of 100 demonstration cities in China for mobile payments on public transport with a launch ceremony held on Nov 15, according to Baotou Evening News.
The Baotou City “Smart Bus” project relies on UnionPay’s mobile payment products and adds UnionPay’s Quick Pass payment method to enable passengers to pay with cellphones.
Baotou has upgraded the payment systems on more than 1,400 buses to enable them to accept mobile payment by the end of May.
By early June, UnionPay’s Quick Pass for cards and mobile payments became fully supported. In July, the scan and pay function on the Quick Pass payment APP and Luchengtong APP were launched.
Baotou residents are able to the pay the bus fare using debit cards with Quick Pass, as long as they hold bank cards with the China UnionPay logo issued by any domestic or foreign bank.
A launch ceremony for the Smart Bus project is held in Baotou, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Nov 15. [Photo/Baotou Evening News]
Wu Peiyun, vice president of the People’s Bank of China Baotou Central Branch, gives a speech at the launch ceremony, Nov 15. [Photo/Baotou Evening News]
Passengers try mobile payment for bus rides. [Photo/Baotou Evening News]