Customers reliant on cars for transportation will have easier access to banking offices starting with April 15, when Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank plans to start operating the first drive-through banking office in the country.
Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank, which is based in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, will start operating the new drive-through office in the center of the country, in the city of Nagakute, near Aichi Prefecture.
The office will provide the same over-the-counter services as a regular bank, except for the special services such as loan requests, as they need consultations by bank employees.
The bank also plans to install two drive-through ATM machines and a charging facility for electric cars at the site, according to Kyodo news agency.
As for innovations, last year Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank claimed to be the first one in All Japan news to introduce ATMs with biometric authentication sensors that identified the customers’ identity by scanning their palms.
The method, along with entering a four-digit PIN and the customer’s birth date, was used as an extra-caution measure for safely withdrawing money.