Korean buses roll out ‘tagless’ Bluetooth fare payments

Gyeonggi-do Province Transportation Bureau in South Korea has officially launched a ‘tagless’ fare payment system that uses Bluetooth technology to detect a Bluetooth signal from a passenger’s smartphone when they board and alight from the vehicle and then automatically charges their pre- or post-paid transit card for their fare.

“A total of 1,760 buses travelling 212 routes throughout the province, will be equipped with the new fare payment technology. Double-decker and double-door buses were excluded from the scheme,” The Korea Herald reports.

The province began trialling the system in June 2021.

Korean buses roll out ‘tagless’ Bluetooth fare payments was written by Tom Phillips and published by NFCW.