Railway ticket barriers could be no more as tech giants develop ways to sense when we’re travelling by our smartphones
Independent - Mon 12 Aug 06:47 GMT

All change for ticket-checking as we know it as technology is developed to sense who is on a train by their smartphones

  Railway station ticket barriers could be replaced by sensors which detect when passengers board trains, a manufacturer has claimed.

  Train-builder Hitachi Rail is developing technology designed to ensure travellers are automatically charged the correct fare by recognising their smartphones at both ends of their journey.

  Hitachi Rail managing director Karen Boswell said: “This technology has the ability to transform public transport in every corner of the country, from rural buses to city-centre train stations.

  “For example, a passenger could use the app to take a bus in their local town and a train elsewhere in the country all in one day.

  “This technology could have potential to make public transport more accessible for all passengers.”

  “To make the most of technology and make it easier for passengers to get the best value fare, outdated fares regulation needs to be updated.”

  Indian Railways introduce barcodes to allow passengers track origin of food in trains Hitachi opened a train-building factory in County Durham in September 2015, and by 2022 it expects the number of its trains to be in service in the UK to reach nearly 300.