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Mobike is a purpose-built cycle set to be implemented in Singapore as a transportation supplement in 2017

A startup in China called Mobike is creating a bike sharing platform from the ground up. Unlike other bike-sharing programs, their bikes are purpose-built and can be parked anywhere in the city.

Without stations, these bikes makes borrower switching more organic by naturally concentrating the rides to where there is more commuter traffic. To borrow a bike, riders just have to scan its unique QR code and the bike will magically unlock itself.

This transition into internal locks was made possible through built-in GPS and a cellular connection. The built-in antennae gives the bike internet access wherever it is parked. And for power to run the chips and lock, it counts on a user’s leg muscles. As it is pedaled, generators inside the bike reroute some of the work to the batteries.

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