TECHCRUNCH: Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience. The app launched in New York back in October of 2013 and has since raised a total of $7 million in funding, according to Crunchbase.
Cover subscribes to a more targeted attack on mobile payments, which has proven to be an incredibly difficult space to tackle. Rather than focus on the entire peer-to-peer space, Cover approaches mobile payments in the moment that they’re most commonly needed: when the check comes.
Venmo comes in handy for peer-to-peer transactions, but that leaves everything up to the mathematical skills of the party. With Cover, payments are made directly to the restaurant and costs are figured straight from the actual bill.
Cover is currently available across 240 restaurants in New York, San Francisco, and now, Los Angeles.