The public transport system lacks the end-point connectivity in many major cities. The streets are crowded and walking is mostly not an option. Taxis are an alternative, but expensive. With traffic choking in the city center, time consuming too. A more mobile and flexible alternative has a market
What it does
Flexobike is an app based, dockless bike rental service that lets you pick bikes from metro/tube/subway stations and drop it as is when you are done.
How we built it
We built a system on the Google Cloud platform to track the assets and deliver data to the app.
Challenges we ran into
Since the system was dockless, it was difficult to track assets parked underground. to overcome this challenge, we allowed the user to logout only after his drop off is captured on our radar.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Our POC was successful. We tracked the asset for a total of 136 km in 2 days.
What we learned
Practical implementation of the system is way more challenging than conceptual planning.
What's next for Flexobike
Flexobike shall remain as a pure technology provider to fleet managers.