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Mobike rides into San Diego

Mobike is eager to work with city leaders, planners, residents and commuters to learn how to best serve the existing infrastructure

Mobike’s silver and orange dockless bike, equipped with smart-lock technology
Mobike’s silver and orange dockless bike, equipped with smart-lock technology

Mobike is the latest bike-share platform to launch in San Diego. It follows the recent launch of LimeBike and Ofo in the city.


Mobike has begun rolling out its signature silver and orange dockless bikes to key locations throughout the city, which becomes Mobike’s fifth US market, and adds to the company’s global expansion into more than 200 cities and 14 countries in less than two years.


Using specially designed bikes equipped with GPS and proprietary smart-lock technology, Mobike enables users of its smartphone app to find a bike near them, reserve and unlock it, all using their smartphones. After reaching their destination, users manually lock the bike, which automatically makes the bike available to the next rider.


“We are thrilled to bring a convenient, affordable – and most importantly – community-first bike-sharing option to San Diego,” said Jason Wong, US general manager for Mobike. “We are eager to work with city leaders, planners, residents and commuters to learn how we can best serve the existing infrastructure.”


One of Mobike’s core principles is responsible operating, meaning the quantity and location of bikes are exclusively based on supply and demand. This tactic maximises impact while reducing congestion, ensuring bikes are where the community needs them, when they need them.


Mobike is also working together with Qualcomm Technologies to deliver this new type of Internet of Things (IoT) service which utilises LTE IoT connectivity. Mobike’s smart bikes feature a smart lock which harnesses the Qualcomm MDM9206 LTE IoT global multimode modem and is designed to support extended battery life, deeper coverage for connectivity in challenging conditions and mobile IoT applications.


Additionally, the integrated LTE IoT connectivity and GNSS position-location capability in the modem is engineered to help Mobike customers identify an available bike, quickly unlock the smart lock and assist with real-time management, and provide continuous monitoring of the bike’s status.


Since the entire fleet is GPS-enabled, Mobike can get bikes to the locations where they are needed most. “We are thrilled to have Mobike launch its smart bike-sharing platform in the city of San Diego, and in Qualcomm’s very own backyard,” said Serge Willenegger, senior vice president and general manager of 4G/5G and Industrial IOT for Qualcomm Technologies.


“In late 2017, Qualcomm Ventures announced an investment in Mobike with the mission to cultivate a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable transportation option across the globe. We welcome Mobike to the city to support the local effort to do so and look forward to continuing our work together to bring new and innovative IoT applications that take advantage of LTE IoT connectivity, such as smart biking.”


Mobike describes itself as “a re-imagination and delivery of the ultimate urban bicycle” with innovations such as non-puncture airless tires, a lightweight aluminum anti-rust frame, an enhanced and durable disk-brakes and an auto-inspired five-spoke wheel. Each bicycle is connected to the Mobike network through GPS-embedded smart locks.


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