Chinese firm Mobike Technology plans to launch a bicycle sharing service for short urban trips in Kenya in early 2018. It works using smartphone apps, SIM cards and Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation to locate the bike. Mobike head of global partnerships Florian Bonhert told Xinhua in Nairobi that the company will later start up in other African countries.

Bonhert said the GPS and the SIM card connect the bike to the Mobike platform and unlock it before the user takes a ride. He added that the bikes are durable, tubeless and lasts four years without maintenance. At the end of their ride, users will be able to return the bike to a designated Mobike preferred location or any regular bike parking area.

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