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Internet-connected Bike Sharing System by RAFAA

Posted on by Gerd Kortuem

An exciting new design for a bike sharing system for Copenhagen was developed by RAFAA, a design and architecture firm based in Zurich:  

This Bike Share System is more than just a transporting system. It deals not only with the problem of stocks and flows of people, but adds extra value to its user and to the city itself. We suggest that the Bike Share System becomes an integral part of the city. The bicycles should function as censors [I suppose this should mean sensors GK] and inform the system about certain behaviors, so that the system can react according to the situation. To predict the performance of a system, the entities have to exchange information. An internet-based platform can analyze the different interests and could then manage possible conflicts. The bicycles are equipped with GPS and W-Lan, so they are connected to each order and can inform the system about their position and status. (Is a bike being used? Where is the bike and where is it moving to? Is there a reservation for the bike? etc.) Privacy protection is a matter that has to be taken into account in the process. [http://www.rafaa.ch/rafaa/Copenhagn.html]

A bit on the speculative side in terms of technology and functionality but I really do like the design. 

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA (photo copyright by RAFAA)

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA (photo copyright by RAFAA)

New Bike Share System in Copenhagen by RAFAA (photo copyright by RAFAA)

 

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