Ride sharing has become a go to means of transport nowadays with apps like Grab becoming the mainstay in many devices. However, in an age where awareness of environmental and health issues is at its peak; there is still a gap for a service which is both more healthy and environmentally friendly. That’s exactly where Mobike fits in. Mobike is a new service coming to Malaysia.
The company launched in 2016 in Shanghai and has since expanded to over 160 cities worldwide in just over a year. The company has lofty goals of making cycling the most convenient and environmentally friendly option for transport worldwide. While that may seem unreachable, Mobike has successfully impacted the carbon footprint of the cities where they’ve set up shop. The service has successfully reduced carbon emissions by a whopping 1.26 million tons thanks to the 5.6 billion kilometers cycled collectively by its user base.
We’ve recently seen the launch of a whole bevy of services similar to Mobike in Malaysia; the big question is what sets them apart? The simple answer: ingenuity and thinking ahead. The bicycles which Mobike uses are unlike any of the other services available so far. The company has spent a significant amount of time in refining and improving the technology in their bikes to make them safer, long lasting and durable.
The company has improved the design of their bikes from simple things like the basket to eliminating the most frequent problem parts of the bicycle with more efficient and durable alternatives. A few examples of these innovative steps include the wheel which has been redesigned with a five spoke design made of durable magnesium alloy; what’s more the Mobike bicycles use tires which don’t require air. In addition to this, the brakes of the Mobike bicycles are a unique combination of a slave brake and disc brake system which allows for better maneuverability and improves safety.
How Mobike Works
Each of bicycle is equipped with a tracking system and lock which is constantly connected to the internet and Mobike’s own “Magic Cube” artificial intelligence system. This means that the bicycles are constantly being monitored via GPS as well.
With this system in place, Users are able to determine the location of available bikes through the map on the app. Mobike users will need to download the app to get access to the Mobikes which are locked when not in use. The unique locking system speaks directly to the backend allowing users to unlock it by scanning the QR code on the bike. Once the lock is released the user is able to use the bike for as long as they want. They just have to lock the bike to end their session.
Users will be able to find the Mobikes at designated parking areas around the serviced areas and are encouraged to leave the bikes in legal bike parking areas.
The Mobike bike can be rented at RM1.50 for every 30 minutes. Users will need to pay a one time refundable deposit of RM99 in the app to be able to use the service. However, for the month of September, Mobike is offering free rides with a one time deposit of RM9.
Where can you get a Mobike?
For the initial phase of their Malaysian expansion, the company will be working closely with well known developer, SP Setia. As such, the service will be making its way to SP Setia developments in the Selangor’s captial, Shah Alam. The first communities to be getting Mobike will be Setia Alam and Setia Eco Park starting 6th September 2017.