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Moscow Subway Riders Can Soon Use Their Face to Pay, RIA Says

  • Mayor says facial recognition system available from Oct. 15
  • More than 15,000 people have signed up for program so far
Facial recognition payment gates at Mezhdunarodnaya metro station in Moscow, on Aug. 27.
Facial recognition payment gates at Mezhdunarodnaya metro station in Moscow, on Aug. 27.Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The Moscow metro system, which carries more riders than the New York subway, is about to roll out a facial recognition system that will let people pay with a glance, RIA Novosti reported Wednesday, citing the mayor of the Russian capital. 

More than 15,000 people have signed up for the FacePay program in a matter of weeks and, given its popularity, the metro will allow contact-free payment at all of its stations starting Oct. 15, the state news service reported Mayor Sergei Sobyanin as saying at a conference.