China officially begun rolling out the next round of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot test programme, reports Cointelegraph. In the city of Guanzhou, it is now possible to pay for public bus rides with the digital yuan (e-CNY) CBDC on 10 transit routes, which is a first for the country. To do so, passengers simply need to download the e-CNY app, deposit funds and scan the QR code located in the bus payment section to pay for their ride.
Similarly, a day before, the city of Ningbo said that passengers can now pay for subway rides at 125 stations with e-CNY. Ningbo is the ninth city in China to roll out the e-CNY pilot test in its subway lines, where passengers can simply scan and pay for the journey.
The Chinese government has rapidly expanded the utility of the e-CNY this year. Just last week, it became possible to pay for employee housing fund contributions in the city of Guangzhou with the CBDC. To revitalise consumer spending in the face of strict coronavirus lockdowns, the government partnered with food-delivery giant Meituan and e-commerce platform JD.com to create e-CNY air-drops that can be spent at listed venues.