Little App taxi drivers can now accept contactless card-based payments from customers using their smartphones.
This follows the introduction of the Near Field Communication (NFC) payment option by the ride-hailing firm in partnership with Absa Bank Kenya and Visa.
Little App Chief Executive Officer Kamal Budhabatti said the collaboration with Visa and Absa will streamline and hasten the payment process in a safe and secure manner.
“The introduction of the NFC payment feature reinforces our commitment to revolutionize convenience and efficiency within the ride-hailing industry. By incorporating Visa’s renowned expertise and Absa’s local insights, we are confident that this partnership will greatly enhance our users’ payment experience,” he said.
Absa Bank Kenya Business Banking Director Elizabeth Wasunna-Ochwa lauded the new payment feature saying it is another market-first solution that incorporates state-of-the-art security measures which will provide a safe and reliable medium for taxi drivers to receive payments.
“With the Absa Mobi Tap App, drivers on Little will be able to accept payments on their phone from any debit, credit, or prepaid card, making it faster for consumers to transact while also assisting them in evolving with the latest payment trends.” said Wasunna.
To ensure seamless experience customers will have to tap their contactless debit or credit cards on the driver’s android phone and first ensure a successful connection, once the transaction amount has been entered, the payment will then be successful, and a confirmation displayed on the Little App.
“Through this collaboration, any Little App driver can start accepting card payments on their NFC enabled smart phone without the need to purchase a separate (Point Of Sale) POS machine. We look forward to enabling all the drivers in the Little App ecosystem as we continue to expand access to digital payment options,” said Visa Kenya’s Country Manager, Eva Ngigi-Sarwari.