Santander UK has launched a feature on their mobile app that will allow users to authorise payments using voice command.

Apart from enabling fund transfers, the new voice recognition technology will also allow users to check balances, and report lost or stolen cards.

The technology is currently being piloted on the iOS version of the bank's SmartBank app.

Santander head of technology innovation Ed Metzger said: “The worlds of technology and banking continue to evolve at pace, working hand in hand to deliver a friction-free user experience.

“We are excited to be the first UK high street bank to enable customers to make payments using just their voice, offering them another channel of choice in how they wish to bank.

“Appetite for simple, intuitive banking solutions has grown significantly in recent years. This pioneering technology has huge potential to become an integral part of the future banking experience, playing a transformational role in the industry and redefining how customers choose to manage their money.”