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Little App Rolls out NFC Payment Feature for Taxi Drivers


Little App is rolling out Near Field Communication (NFC) payment feature for its drivers in Kenya. The feature is being rolled out in partnership with Visa and Absa Bank.

The payment option leverages Absa’s Mobi Tap app solution which turns a smartphone into a point of sale (POS) allowing customers to simply tap their contactless debit or credit cards on the driver’s Android phone or tablet to make a payment.

“We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Absa and Visa, two industry leaders in their respective domains,” said Mr. Kamal Budhabatti, CEO of Little App.

“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.

So how will this work? According to a press statement shared by the company, once the driver has entered the transaction amount, place your contactless card directly under the driver’s phone, holding it briefly for a successful connection. Once you have completed the payment, wait for the confirmation, which will be displayed on your Little App. You can then confirm the successful payment with the driver.

Absa Bank Kenya PLC Business Banking Director, Elizabeth Wasunna-Ochwa has hailed the new payment feature as yet another market-first solution that incorporates state-of-the-art security measures that will provide a safe and reliable medium for taxi drivers to receive payments.

Little says this NFC feature has been thoughtfully designed to optimize payment experiences, improving overall transaction efficiency for Little App users and drivers alike. It will be available on the Little App across all participating cities starting today.

Little App is available in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Senegal, Ghana, and India, and serves as a  ride-hailing service, offering mobility, delivery, and payment solutions.

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