Invention Could Turn Leftover Transit Fares into Charity Donations
Sydney Brownstone shares news of a system invented by a London-to-New York transplant named Zander Whitehurst to transfer leftover transit fares to charity. To use the system, "subway riders can simply swipe their cards against a special RFID-reading panel to donate extra change. Tapping the Oyster Card against a “” [sic] panel relieves it of 50 pence, while continuing to press the card against the panel drains the Oyster Card fully."
The RFID strip that enables Whitehurst's invention is not yet available on New York City's Metro cards, but London's Oyster Card would work just fine—if, that is, London's transport authority granted permission for the technology to work.