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MasterCard ties up with Softbank's robot for Asia

Staff writer ▼ | May 24, 2016
MasterCard will partner with SoftBank and its robot Pepper to offer payment services in Asia, as it gradually allows customers to pay from different gadgets like fitness bands and refrigerators.
Payment system   Pepper sells for approximately $1,800 in Japan
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, which will pilot Pepper in its stores by the end of 2016 and use it to take orders and provide other customer services.

The robot, which sells for approximately $1,800 in Japan, will be launched in the United States in July.