By Daniel Hunter

In a major advancement in new technology customers who use Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) or NatWest mobile banking apps will now be able to withdraw money from ATMs without a card.

The technology will allow customers to use their smartphone, instead of bank card, to withdraw money. They will be given a six-digit code to enter into an ATM to release the cash, up to £100.

It has long been predicted that the smartphone would become a digital wallet, and coupled with a similar system developed by cash machine operator NCR, which requires a barcode scan, it seems that is becoming the case.

RBS were quick to stress that their new system would help customers who had forgotten their bank cards, rather than being unsafe.

"It is a really simple and secure way to help our customers get cash whenever and wherever they need it," said Ben Green, head of mobile at RBS and NatWest.

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