It is already possible to rent vehicles “sliding the face”, thanks to the Chinese company called Alipay, which now allows payments with facial recognition via Blockchain
Alipay, Alibaba’s financial subsidiary in China, together with the company Wukong Car Rental, launched the first vehicle rental service that accepts payments via facial recognition. The mechanism, which allows “sliding the face” to pay for the service, is driven by Blockchain.
The new payment method is expected to rationalize the entire car rental industry in the eastern country.
In China, as in most of the world, cash is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. And payment services via mobile phones, such as Alipay and WeChat Pay, keep this in mind.
Alipay allows payments with facial recognition through Blockchain
Currently, renting a car can take up to 30 minutes. However, using Alipay’s new service, consumers only need to scan their face via mobile phone and complete their order without a car assistant or manual inspection. The consumer does not need to carry any identification card or credit card.
After confirming the order, a driver can select certain functions for the car and unlock the car doors using his smartphone. However, the most relevant fact is that the process in general requires less labor, making it much more efficient. In conclusion, customers can leave in just 2 minutes.
And what’s best for Blockchain lovers: the system uses blockchain technology to record and track the entire rental process. Likewise, an immutable ledger is expected to help resolve any dispute that may arise.
Currently, the service is only available at Kunming Changshui International Airport, in Kunming City, Yunan Province. But Wukong Car Rental expects to spread it throughout the city this year.
Is it safe to use facial recognition?
As convenient as car rental for facial recognition sounds, there are doubts about the security of such a system, even if it is backed by Blockchain.
For example, the artificial intelligence solutions company based in San Diego, Kneron ran a series of tests to deceive the AliPay and WeChat Pay payment systems. Using sophisticated photos and masks, Kneron operatives were able to trick the terminals into allowing payment or access.
Kneron CEO Albert Liu acknowledges that there are flaws in current facial recognition technology. But the problem is that service providers strive to solve the problems:
This shows the threat to the privacy of the users with a facial recognition below the pair that pretends to be “AI”. Technology is available to solve these problems, but companies have not updated it. They are taking shortcuts at the expense of security.