Japanese rail operator installs facial recognition ticket technology

Japanese rail operator Yamaman Co has introduced facial recognition technology to its services on the Yukarigaoka Line in Sakura, allowing people to pay for a ticket with their face in what is believed to be a first for the country.

The upgrades to barriers along the line mean that passengers using the ultra-light rail network will be able to upload a picture of themselves to a ‘Eucalyptus Pass’ account and pair it with a credit card to enable automatic purchases when they enter a station…

The launch of the tech, designed by Panasonic and Jorudan, comes after the success of two trials conducted by the three companies on a bus and the Yukarigaoka Line between May and September 2021 to March 2023.

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