London’s bike hire scheme launched on Friday and saw some 6,000 technology-packed bicycles fill the capital.
Using one of the bicycles will require a complex system of keys and passcodes to unlock them. Firstly access in either membership or casual form will be required. The futuristic docking stations for the bicycles have keypads within which casual users of the bikes can enter a code obtained online or at the station. The code will then allow a bike to be unlocked and used. For members of the scheme a key will be sent out which allows cyclists to bypass the keypad system and rapidly unlock the bikes.