Honda Dream Drive brings in-vehicle payments to drivers

Honda Dream Drive - In-Vehicle Commerce and Entertainment

Honda’s in-dash system prototype uses mobile technology and voice control. Honda Dream Drive is the first integrated driver and passenger in-vehicle infotainment, commerce, service and rewards dashboard in the automotive industry. The fully integrated car experience is a collaboration between Honda and Visa. Drivers will be able to order a range of goods and services via the in-dash system. The Honda Dream Drive system, an AI (artificial intelligence) based technology, was first shown as a concept during CES 2017, under a collaboration with ConnectedTravel. Since then, the Japanese auto manufacturer…

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Survey finds that 70% of Irish consumers abandon mobile payment transactions

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Consumers in Ireland are not keen on making payments via mobile if the process is too difficult. New research from Elavon, a global payments expert, reveals that mobile payment transactions are abandoned by over two-thirds of mobile consumers in Ireland, when these consumers find the mobile payments process to be too tedious and difficult. Several aspects of mobile transaction processes frustrated online shoppers. Elavon’s mobile shopping experience study, which involved 1,000 adult mobile shoppers in Ireland, noted that there were primary sources of frustration that lead to mobile users abandoning…

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Smart dress reveals how frequently women are harassed at nightclubs

The Dress for Respect - Smart Dress - Schweppes & Ogilvy Brazil YouTube

A touch-sensitive dress shows that women are not exaggerating about sexual harassment at nightclubs. A smart dress created for a project called “The Dress for Respect,” tracked how often and how intensely women in Brazil were groped on an average night out at a club or party. The special dress was embedded with sensor technology. The sensor technology that was embedded into the garment tracked both touch and pressure. This information was immediately sent to a visual system so that the project researchers could track the harassment in real time.…

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Hong Kong subway riders will soon use QR payments

QR payments - Hong Kong Subway

Commuters will be able to scan a barcode to pay their fare for using the public transportation. The Hong Kong subway system will soon allow riders to use QR payments to pay their fare. This use of QR code scans as a form of ticketing is rising in popularity all over the world. The Hong Kong subway system’s mobile payments are a part of a new deal with Ant Financial. The deal between the subway system and Ant Financial – Alibaba’s payment affiliate – was first announced last week. As…

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New Taxi QR code payments service in Malaysia benefits drivers and their customers

Taxi QR Code Payments - Taxis

Touch ‘n Go announces new partnerships with EzCab and Public Cab involving QR code payments. Touch ‘n Go (TNG), the Malaysian-based contactless smart card and electronic payments system company, is helping to bring Taxi QR code payments services to both Taxi drivers and customers in Malaysia. Touch ‘n Go has partnered with two taxi services, EzCab and Public Cab, enabling customers of these companies to pay for their rides via QR codes through the Touch n’ Go eWallet app. The cashless payment method means taxi drivers will no longer have…

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QR code payment service to be offered to Thai travelers in Japan

QR Code Payment Services - Japan Tourism

A QR code-based mobile payment service is to be launched in Japan for Thai tourists. MUFG Bank, Japan’s largest bank, and its Thai subsidiary, Bank of Ayudhya, is launching a QR code payment service designed specifically for Thai travelers. This service will allow these foreign travelers to make cashless purchases in Japan. Bank of Ayudhya will link its already operational QR code system to Japan. The QR code payment system, which already exists for the Thai lender’s customers in Thailand, is slated to be connected to Japan in December of…

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Commuter commerce is on the rise according to new survey

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Almost half of commuters use their smartphones for ordering food or shopping. Commuter commerce is a growing trend according to research from Fetch. A recent survey conducted by the mobile agency has revealed that 43% of the 1,700 US commuters they surveyed last month have used their mobile phone to shop or order food ahead. This percentage of shopping and food ordering via smartphones is higher than before. The commuters who were surveyed also revealed that they engaged in mobile commerce activities during their commute more now than they did…

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Experience history with Jerusalem’s mobile VR walking tour

Mobile VR walking tour - Jerusalem VR Tours - YouTube

A mobile virtual reality (VR ) walking tour allows tourists to see Jerusalem as it was 2,000 years ago. Ever wished you could see what Jerusalem looked like at the time of the Second Temple 2.000 years ago? Now you can thanks to the magic of a new mobile VR walking tour. The tour allows visitors to experience the city’s historic sites using the power of virtual reality technology. The VR walking tour is the first of its kind in the country. The mobile VR walking tour is the first…

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Facial recognition tech helps speed processing for travelers in Washington airport

Facial Recognition Technology at Airport - Dulles Airport

New facial recognition system has been unveiled at Dulles International Airport Air travelers may face less wait-time frustration at Washington’s Dulles International Airport thanks to a new processing system that uses facial recognition technology. The system can help reduce lines and speed up wait times without compromising security. The two new face recognition systems at Dulles are said to be a “user friendly” way to help relieve congestion for air travellers. One of the systems meets legal requirements for biometric entry-exit records and the other helps to accelerate the processing…

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Buzz wearable seeks to provide safer social engagement for young adults

buzz wearable - New Deal Design buzz wearable technology

A new wearable technology aims to help prevent sexual assault. Buzz wearable is a social impact initiative that includes a bracelet device supported by a mobile app. Created by New Deal Design, the company that designed Fitbit activity trackers, buzz has been developed to help young people stay informed regarding the issue of consent and to help prevent and/or stop sexual assault. The wearable device functions like a mini alert system. The buzz wearable was made with young people in mind, such as college students who often attend parties or…

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