The new service is expected to appear in the Google Maps application within the next few weeks
Google's press office in Poland announced that in the next few weeks, the Google Maps application it offers will gain a new feature, i.e. the possibility of purchasing public transport tickets in selected Polish cities. Initially, the service will be available to residents and visitors of Warsaw, Łódź and Wrocław.
Google writes that the new feature has been prepared in cooperation with the Google Pay team, so it will only be available to owners of Android phones. “If you use public transport, you'll be able to plan your trip and pay for your trip directly from Google Maps. You will no longer have to switch between multiple applications or buy tickets from ticket machines, ”says the Google message.
Google continues that the payment will be made to the account of the bank card added to Google Pay. "When you decide to use public transport and see directions on Maps, you'll be able to choose to pay by phone using credit or debit cards that are already linked to your Google Pay account. After purchasing a ticket, just hold your phone against the reader or show your digital ticket to get on board quickly, "declares Google.
The ability to purchase public transport tickets is another recently introduced feature by Google that is competitive with local businesses. Recently, Google Maps warns against traffic incidents, which is a competitive function for the basic service of the Polish Yanosik. Google Maps also allows you to plan a journey by communication, just like the Jakdojade app.
However, when introducing mobile payments for tickets, Google confronts companies such as SkyCash, mPay or moBiLET. It must be added, however, that the Google service, unlike the Polish applications mentioned above, will require the use of a payment terminal. So it seems to me that it will be less convenient than remote payments offered by SkyCash or mPay.
Google also declares that it is already working on the launch in Poland of payments for parking in certain paid parking zones.