Alight from the metro and hop onto a bicycle. That could soon become a reality if a team of engineering graduates have their way. Bangalore-based company Kerberon Automation has teamed up with municipal and state authorities to launch India’s first automated public bicycle sharing system.
Kerberon hopes to provide Bangalore’s commuters a clean and cost effective end-to-end transportation solution.
“The main purpose if this is to provide last-mile connectivity. You don’t find parking in malls or metro stations. So you can park at the nearest public parking system and take the cycle to the last mile which is a kilometer away from the final destination,” says Srinidhi Sridhar a co-founder and chief technology officer of Kerberon Automation.
Currently being tested as a pilot, the project is a complete smart card based application. With a swipe of a card at the docking station, the user will be allotted a bicycle and can commute to their final destination within the Central Business district.
And this cost effective mode of transportation seems to have found favour with the people of Bangalore.
“It is quite good actually it can reduce the traffic and all also people don’t have to wait for an auto and a bus from one place to another”, says T. Gopika, a student.
Registration for the smart cards has already begun. Right now, there are only three docking stations, but Syed Haseeb Arfath, chairman of Kerberon says the plan is to start installing 70 of them in January.
“Going ahead, the government is planning to set up docking systems every half a km, when that happens, you will find a docking system one near your house, one near your office, - which will be a parallel public transport system which is green, which is cost effective and it will cost you about one buck a day”, he said.
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