Wearable devices like smartwatches, bracelets and key rings are spiking European shoppers’ frequency of contactless payments. According to new research conducted by Mastercard, 24 percent of Europeans are predicted to opt for tap-and-go methods.
“Europe leads the world in contactless payments and its overwhelming success has created a demand for even greater convenience,” said Paolo Battiston, executive vice president of digital payments and labs within Europe at Mastercard. “Shoppers’ trust in contactless is greater than ever, and in turn it seems they are ready to take this one stage further by trying contactless through connected devices. Pilots like the one we’re involved with in the Netherlands will empower consumers in the digital economy.”
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