Apple Pay Is Coming to Thousands of Vending Machine and Parking Meters

Apple Pay, and other mobile payment services like it, all share a similar vision of the future, one where people can leave their home with nothing but a smartphone and an ID (if that!), and still buy absolutely whatever they want. That dream’s a little closer to reality now that USA Technologies brings NFC payments to some 200,000 vending machines, parking meters, and laundry equipment, some of the last bastions of cash.

Not familiar with USA Technologies? They’re the hardware giant behind lots of those self-serve machines that make our lives so convenient, ones that traditionally gobble up physical currency—or more and more commonly, also take plastic. The company’s NFC-based declaration is a step in the right direction for those who want total freedom from paper, coins, and plastic; it will add Apple Pay support to 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, parking meters, laundry machines, and whathaveyou. This effort is bolstered by other businesses who are also creating mobile readers to help bring Apple Pay to restaurants, letting mobile payments by Apple, Google, and other companies like Softcard, really transform the way we pay.

This also isn’t the first instance of tap-to-pay vending machines. USA Technologies says they’ve been working on integrating cashless payments with NFC for near a decade. But according to Businessweek, in 2013 5 million vending machines in the U.S. still only used cash, requiring physical money for snack-sized Funions. So the real question will be if vending machines, which have been somewhat sluggish to introduce credit cards as a payment option, could just leap from that tech entirely onto mobile payments. Here’s to hoping. [TechCrunch]

via Apple Pay Is Coming to Thousands of Vending Machine and Parking Meters.


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I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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