The small stations are made possible by a design that only requires a single terminal that the first bike plugs into, and then every other bike daisy-chains on from there. The electric bikes adjust their power assistance level to what the rider needs without gears, and unlocking or locking one only requires a Bluetooth connection to their phone running the Zoov app. The engine itself is the lock, while sensors on the bike keep track of any potential maintenance issues.
There’s no mention of the bike’s range, but riders can enter their intended destination while reserving a bike in-app, which will tell them the price ahead of time while choosing a place to park at one of its stations or in an approved spot.
Zoov’s president is Eric Carreel, a co-founder of Withings who said in a statement that “”One of the main challenges for shared mobility companies is to be able to
offer high-quality service over the long term. We learn from data sent every day from our bikes so that once a problem is detected, we can take action before it becomes a critical issue for our users.” The Zoov service will launch in November with ebikes deployed around the Saclay Plateau in France.