MasterCard Inc. is teaming up with Japan’s SoftBank Corp. and its robot Pepper to offer payment services in Asia.
The move is part of a plan to gradually allow customers to pay from different gadgets such as fitness bands and refrigerators, Reuters reports.
Pepper is being used as a waiter, salesman and customer service representative in about 500 companies in Japan, including Nestle and Mizuho Bank.
MasterCard will launch its payment service at Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., which will pilot Pepper in its stores by the end of 2016 and use it to take orders and provide other customer services.
MasterCard did not give details on which markets in Asia it will launch its payment services with Pepper.
The robot, which sells for about US$1,800 in Japan, will be launched in the United States in July.
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