French electric bike-sharing service Smoove to launch in Lagos, Nigeria

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Smoove, a French bike sharing platform with operations in France, Morocco, Tunis and Abidjan is set to launch in Lagos, Nigeria in a move to reboost their public transport systems and rise into the world ranks of green cities.Founded by Laurent Mercat in July 2008 in Montpellier, France, Smoove has won a bid to set up its 200 bikeshare project in 2018 adding Lagos to its 28 cities and 14 countries, including Morocco, operating 9,000 bikes altogether. In 2018, Smoove aims to have more than 30,000 connected bicycles worldwide.

Smoove uses a standard bicycle which can be converted into an e-bike by installing a battery in the frame and incorporating a motor into the front wheel. Docking stations lock the electric bicycles securely in place and recharge their batteries.

Once fitted with a “Smoove box”, the bike becomes smart and connected. User authentication is performed with an RFID public transport network card reader, an NFC-equipped smartphone or a simple code. This revolutionary embedded technology means the end of saturated docking stations, because it allows a bike to be parked even if no spaces are available, thanks to the “overflow” facility.

Smoove aims to offer a very high level of service: bikes that are ultra-secure, tough and designed for optimal user comfort. The city and the operator retain full control over the deployment and layout of their network, and are free to adjust the system to ensure optimal management of public spaces and smooth traffic flows.

Smoove aims to expand into more African cities, municipalities and companies with its flexible offering which includes technical solutions as well as support in financing and operating installed bike fleets.