24 May '17, 9pm

Bike-sharing firm ofo hitting the brakes on misuse

ofo, the bike-sharing firm operating here, is taking steps to address the misuse of its rented two-wheelers, joining its rivals in the fight against such abuse. Since the brightly coloured two- wheelers first began appearing on the streets here in the beginning of the year, photographs have circulated online showing shared bicycles chained up outside Housing Board flats, and thrown into drains. Yesterday, ofo announced a slew of changes to its bicycles and app, addressing concerns of misuse and aiming to improve user experience. The Chinese firm said it will progressively roll out 500 new bicycles with features such as smart locks. Users can unlock the bicycles by scanning a QR code, instead of the number lock on its existing bikes. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up It is also rolling out an upgrade of its mobile app to allow users to locate nearby bi...

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