Peer-to-peer bike sharing for individuals and communities has got a lot easier with BitLock, a keyless bike lock that can be locked and unlocked just by walking up to your bike with your smartphone in your pocket.
The BitLock is an innovative U-lock for bikes that doesn’t need a key — it can be unlocked just with your smartphone. But that’s not the only thing. The app’s GPS function allows for easy localization of your bike as well as mapping your rides. BitLock’s manufacturer MeshMotion is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money that’s needed to produce the devices.
The most interesting aspect of the BitLock device is that it enables users to easily share their bike with friends, neighbors or collagues, or to rent it out through, for example, Spinlister, without needing a key. The BitLock app is available for both iOS and Android devices.