It may only be small steps at the moment and only available on a handful of services in Solihull, but the Midlansd equivalent of the London Oyster travel card looks to be on its way. The Rotala Signature card will be road tested on the S2, S2A, S3, S4, 30 and 82 services in Solihull and will allow a cash-free payment method for bus fares, bringing an end to that desperate search for change that characterises bus usage for those who haven't invested in a pass. It will even be slightly cheaper than paying in cash.
A tip of the hat to The Birmingham Press, who have the full story here. We just need to see this rolled out across the CENTRO area as soon as possible.