Chinese social media giant Tencent Holdings is allowing Beijing metro passengers to pay for rides using only their palms in a new service launched in China’s capital city through its WeChat Pay service, referred to as Weixin Pay domestically, according to the South China Morning Post.
From now on, users who enrol in the palm-recognition service can pay for rides on the Daxing Airport Express Line by holding their hands over a scanner at metro station turnstiles. Recognition of a unique palm print triggers an automatic payment through the user’s WeChat account.
To register, palm prints must be taken at a designated machine at a metro station, the article adds. Passengers can then use their palms at turnstiles with a green circle, Tencent said in a statement on Monday.