Google’s Hands Free Payments Tech: All You Need To Know
Google announced this Thursday in San Francisco at the annual developers conference that they are testing a new futuristic Hands Free Payments that could let customers shop without taking out their wallet or mobile phone.
Sridhar Ramaswamy introduced the program at the conference and classified it at an ‘early prototype stage’. After the introduction, he showed a video in which a woman with two kids says that she would ‘like to pay with Google’ at McDonald’s and immediately it is done and she leaves without any further queries.
The Hands Free Payments technology’s main aim is make payments while shopping much easier. It does not require you to carry around a device or anything of that sort. All you have to do is download the app in your phone and while checking out, you have to say your name at the register.
Reportedly, a Bluetooth sensor will automatically hear your name and detect whether you have the app or not. If you have it in your phone then the transactions will go through. You will immediately receive a message on your mobile confirming that your payment has been made.
Apparently, Google is collaborating with McDonald’s and Papa John’s and testing the technology in Bay Area. However, payment method still remains grainy. The company has not yet explicitly defined the mode of payment.
Atif Rafiq, Chief Digital Officer McDonald’s, said that this new technology will eliminate the fussy paying process at the stores and will automatically clear your bill without requiring you to take out your wallet.
No longer forage through your pocket or your bag. Let them [the cashiers] know that you want to pay with Google, and the app lets us verify that it’s you.
The new Hands Free Payments is still in its early stages, however it is expected to launch in future. With this new technology entering market I believe the fuss at store counters might decrease.