"Howdy Hire Bikes" is a shared scooter mobility platform that allows you to pick up scooters from a hub close to you and drop it any hub closer to your destination. Most of the scooters deployed in the Howdy are electric bikes, which are very convenient, affordable, and environmentally a good choice for the riders.
Venkat, who is the man behind the howdy bikes project initially approached us with an idea of creating a hub that will rent bikes for the local city usage. Later, that small idea developed with multiple enhancements to create a separate platform called Howdybikes, which can offer affordable bikes via mobile app. But, this vision had some common problems to tackle bike theft, keys to start and station & user monitoring, etc.
To create a cutting edge platform where users can seamlessly get bikes at affordable prices all together with robust technologies to safeguard the bikes at respective stations.
To envision this idea to reality, Macappstudio has created an end to end mobility platform called “Howdybikes”. By installing the android/iOS mobile app, the user can simply enter their location to know the availability of bikes near their location. After making the digital payment for their destination, they can simply do the QR code scanning to start the bike. Once after finishing the ride, they can drop the bike at the end station and exit the ride in the app. Various cutting edge technological features like remote immobilization, keyless on & off, user tracking, seamless digital payment, etc. are introduced to avoid the issues regarding user payment and bike theft.
The android & iOS apps, website was launched in 2020 amid the COVID pandemic. Due to the Covid-19, various guidelines like trained field staff, germ shield protection, regular sanitization, and contactless pickup and drop have been created. In the first stage, the bikes are launched in the Chennai city at Vadapalani, Alandur & Tirumangalam metro stations and will soon expand among other metro stations.