China will roll out mobile payment facilities on all motorway toll stations around the country in 2019, a move that shows Beijing’s resolve in supporting digital payment methods in the world’s biggest cashless market.

Wu Chungeng, a spokesperson from Chinas Ministry of Transport said at a media briefing in Beijing on Thursday that the government would provide drivers with access to mobile payment channels as a “supplement among various payment methods.”

So far, cashless payments are available to Chinese drivers in 14 cities and provinces around the country, including Shanghai, and the eastern provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu. The service is also being piloted in Beijing, Guangdong, and 12 other provinces.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen