KFC in Chinese city tests new “Smile to Pay” tech

Sep 07, 2017, 6:07 AM EDT
(Source: Tom Caswell/flickr)
(Source: Tom Caswell/flickr)

Next time you are at a KFC restaurant in Hangzhou, China, you won’t need to dig into your pocket to make payment, courtesy a new system by Alipay that lets customers pay for their meal by just flashing a smile at one of the self-serve screens.

Ant Financial, an Alibaba subsidiary that has developed the “Smile to Pay” technology explains that the system combines advanced software and hardware for accurate facial scanning to make the process of payment, writes The Verge.

Yum China, the parent company of KFC and one of Alibaba’s major investments, says the facility is tailored for young tech savvy consumers, who embrace new tastes and innovations, notes CNBC.