Uber riders now have another way to make payments for their trips – Unified Payments Interface, or UPI.
The technology company has integrated UPI, a product of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), into its list of payment modes, reported Abhishek Baxi for Android Authority.
Uber users can add UPI as a payment mode on the mobile app under the ‘Payment’ section. You will be asked to enter your Virtual Payment Address (VPA) and make a one-rupee transaction (which will be reimbursed right after) via UPI to complete the process.
UPI eliminates the hassle of having to enter the recipient’s bank account number and IFSC code and add them to a ‘beneficiary’ list in order to send money. In its place, the interface allows users to enter a Virtual Payment Address, linked directly to the beneficiary bank account, allowing instant transfer of money.
This is a significant leg-up for UPI, even as other technology companies like Google and Facebook speak to NPCI to enable UPI-enabled payment on their platforms.