Consumers using PayByPhone’s app for paid parking now have another option to extend their parking time. The Volkswagen AG-owned company launched a feature for Apple Watch users to add more parking time directly from the watch without using an iPhone or visiting the meter again.
The PayByPhone Apple Watch app shows users how much time remains in the parking session. Consumers can use Apple Pay to pay for their parking sessions, an integration PayByPhone completed in 2017. PayByPhone says the watch-payment app is installed on more than 260,000 Apple Watches globally.
In other Apple Pay news, Apple Inc. announced two new iPhone models—iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr—and with Face ID, a biometric authentication technology that relies on facial recognition. Within the iPhone product line, only the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 continue to use Touch ID, a fingerprint-based authentication service Apple launched with the iPhone 5S in 2013. Other Apple devices, such as iPads and MacBook models continue to use Touch ID.
Though the use fingerprint-based authentication has grown rapidly in recent years, facial or voice recognition is expected to gain use, finds Juniper Research.