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Mobike lands in Washington DC, their first U.S. city

Mobike lands in Washington DC, their first U.S. city”

To better serve the local riders, Mobike has partnered with U.S. telecom giant AT&T and Qualcomm.

The dockless system has become a craze in China with more than 10 million bikes in use, but has also led to a cluttering of city centers with bikes that are vandalized, broken down or haphazardly parked.

Smart bike sharing company Mobike has arrived in its first USA city, the United States capital Washington DC, bringing the total number of cities it operates in to over 180.

"We are thrilled to call Washington DC Mobike's first home in North America", said Hu Weiwei, co-founder and president of Mobike.

Besides, changes were made to bikes serving D.C., including the shape of the bike itself and the addition of several gears.

Users could use the mobile app to register for Mobike's service and then locate the nearest available bike thanks to its built-in Global Positioning System functionality.

To fit into the US markets, Mobike improves its bikes by adding a three-gear shifting system, a solar panel that powers its in-built GPS, and a pedals-powered front light, besides its signature rubber, puncture-proof tires.

Following their success in the domestic market, the leading Chinese bike-sharing companies have expanded overseas.

City officials said it would be a flexible way to expand the capacity of the city's bike-share program when Capital Bikeshare, which has roughly 3,700 bikes at 440 racks, is maxed out.

Mobike, one of China's biggest bike sharing brands, announced its entry into the US market Wednesday in a company statement.

More dockless bike systems are expected in the U.S. capital this year from California-based startups Spin and LimeBike, also launching this month.

Mobike is also working to address such concerns to convince the authorities that dockless bike-sharing is a reasonable and reliable transportation option.

Mobike, a major Chinese bike-rental company, has just placed their first batch of bikes in the capital of the United States as part of its ambitious global expansion plan. "The U.S. capital is key in achieving this".



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