Apple Wallet masters Paris transit ahead of Olympics

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Apple Wallet masters Paris transit
Transit riders can buy passes from the Île-de-France Mobilités iOS app or directly from Apple Wallet, and use an iPhone or Apple Watch to tap and ride.
Photo: Apple

As Paris gears up for French Open tennis next week and the Summer Olympics in July, Apple Wallet makes paying for Paris public transit easier. Users can now add a Navigo card and simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to ride. It works on the metro, trains, buses and more in the French capital region, Apple said Tuesday. Apple Maps added more real-time transit information, too.

“In the lead-up to what will surely be an amazing summer for the Paris region, we’re thrilled to bring Navigo cards to Apple Wallet and provide Parisians and visitors with an incredibly convenient and secure way to ride transit in Paris and explore the city,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. “Users will love the safety, security, and seamlessness of purchasing passes and riding with a Navigo card in Apple Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch.”

Apple Wallet masters Paris transit with Navigo tap-to-ride card and real-time data in Apple Maps

Île-de-France Mobilités and Apple introduced “an easy, secure and private way for customers to add a new Navigo card to Apple Wallet and purchase passes to ride transit in the Paris area,” the organizations said. And on top of that, Apple Maps is now beefed up with more real-time transit information for the area.

“Riders can buy passes from the Île-de-France Mobilités iOS app or directly from Apple Wallet, and use an iPhone or Apple Watch to tap and ride,” Apple said. “Additionally, beginning this week, real-time transit information in Apple Maps is available in Paris to help users navigate their travels throughout the city.”

How to use the card in Apple Wallet and why you should

Apple further described how to add a new Navigo Card to Apple Wallet and buy a transit pass, and why you should.

  • Open the Wallet app, tap the Add (+) button, select Transit Card and follow the instructions.
  • With a Navigo card in Apple Wallet, users no longer need to hit up a ticket vending machine or reload a card at a shop. They can purchase any pass from the Île-de-France Mobilités iOS app or select passes in Apple Wallet.
  • Riders can purchase t+, t+ reduced price, OrlyBus, RoissyBus tickets and Navigo Day passes in Apple Wallet by selecting their Navigo card of choice. Then they can tap the More (…) button and select Buy Passes.
  • Tap to Ride: Select Navigo card from Apple Wallet and double-click the side button. Or, with Express Mode enabled, simply hold the iPhone or Apple Watch near a reader to ride transit. No need to unlock or wake up their device.
  • With power reserve on iPhone, if a customer’s device needs charging, they can still use it to ride transit, Apple said.
Apple Wallet masters Paris transit
Hopping on a train or bus in Paris? Select your Navigo card from Apple Wallet and double-click the side button on iPhone.
Photo: Apple

Emphasis on security and privacy

Navigo cards in Apple Wallet benefit from privacy and security built into iPhone and Apple Watch, Apple said. Card storage is secure and private, and Apple never tracks users’ journeys. It encrypts card information, which is “securely stored in the Secure Element, an industry-standard, certified chip designed to store the information safely on the device,” Cupertino added.

And if a user misplaces their iPhone or Apple Watch, they can lock it and locate it with the Find My app, of course.

Apple Maps adds real-time transit updates

This week also marks the addition of real-time transit information to Apple Maps for the Paris metro, RER, Paris tramway, RATP buses and more, Apple added:

With real-time transit in Maps, users in Paris can see detailed schedules, live departure and arrival times, and system connections to help plan a journey. Apple Maps will now also offer users in Paris important real-time transit information such as outages and delays.

Source: Apple

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