San Diego firm testing face recognition for subway
06 October 2017 13:31 GMT

A San Diego-based technology and transportation company is trialling a face recognition based payment system.

CUBIC is testing a “fastrack gateless gateline” concept that would allow commuters to skip lengthy lines at the train ticket counter and instead pay for their transportation via facial recognition.

According to psfk, the program would aim to eliminate passenger congestion by allowing riders to walk through a gateway where their faces would be scanned and synced with a method of payment through their smartphones.

About 65 to 75 people would be able to pass through the gateway per minute, eliminating the long lines and inefficiencies often caused by physical tickets. If someone who has not paid for a ticket attempts to pass through the corridor, a light would flash red to alert station officials.