Eyes and hands the future public transport tickets
South east Queensland commuters could soon scan an eye or the palm of their hand to pay for a public transport fare.
Courier Mail reported this new technology was being tested by Cubic Corporation, the company behind the Go Card, and would use ‘biometric recognition’ to enable passengers to pay their fares.
If implemented, the system, linked to a prepaid account, would use machines to scan people’s eyes or the unique pattern of veins in the palm of their hand.
RACQ Principal Traffic and Road Safety Engineer Greg Miszkowycz said the Club supported investment in technology if it made payment for public transport more convenient and accessible.
“Facial recognition is just one of several methods which could be used to make it easier for people to get around the south east,” Mr Miszkowycz said.
“As a commuter, it’s frustrating to have to load up a Go Card before you can hop on a bus or a train so we should be using technology to make Queensland a leader in fare innovation.”
Mr Miszkowycz said only 10 percent of commuters currently used public transport in the south east so more needed to be done to improve uptake.
“As our roads continue to get busier and more congested, it’s vital we have the most convenient ways for people to pay their fares,” he said.
Cubic is one of three international companies set to compete for the TransLink contract to replace the current Go Card from 2019.