Hellobike leverages AI technologies to optimise bike sharing in China
Posted: 13 July 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The micromobility firm has also partnered with local governments to form vehicle safety management systems tailored to each city’s unique traffic conditions.
Hellobike, the Chinese micromobility firm, has unveiled three shared mobility AI technologies which aim to enable cities to create convenient, greener urban transportation ecosystems.
Hellobike showcased technologies that leverage AI, big data, cloud infrastructure and the IoT which aim to organically integrate shared bicycles into the urban public transportation ecosystem. Through strengthened cooperation between transport providers and municipal governments, the shared e-bike firm aims to provide a systematic mechanism to help Chinese cities tackle unique operational challenges, address parking management, and streamline shared bike deployment and distribution.
Hellobike’s Hermes road safety system integrates AI algorithms to provide users with a “better, safer shared transport experience”. Built as a scenario-based solution, Hermes automatically performs failsafe tests on both user behaviour and the bike at the beginning, middle and end of the riding journey. If the system detects technical issues, dangerous operation, or user violations, Hellobike delivers a risk warning to the user through the bike’s built-in speaker.
Based on insights gathered from mining big data, Hellobike also found that the use of non-motorised vehicles can lead to chaotic, unsafe road conditions. To address this, Hellobike has partnered with local governments to develop non-motorised vehicle safety management systems tailored to each city’s unique traffic conditions.
Using video AI technology for data collection and situation analysis, as well as spatial data, Hellobike aims to help cities establish new vehicle management systems built upon data visualisation, intelligent data processing and smart decision-making applications.
Hellobike has also cooperated with city officials to promote improved traffic safety, simplified parking, and enhanced city appearance through a shared bike management operation plan. The firm has established a number of convenient fixed-point return locations using electronic fencing, Bluetooth road studs, AI and the IoT. Fixed-point return encourages users to park at designated locations, while making it easier for staff to locate and redistribute vehicles across the city.