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The bike lock of the future? It's your phone
I’ve had a bike stolen. David Cameron has had a bike stolen. You probably know someone who’s had a bike stolen – or perhaps you yourself have joined the club of sad-faced former bike owners.
Where there’s a problem, there’s a person out there trying to solve it with tech – inventors are now using sites like Kickstarter to crowdfund the bike locks of the future. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular projects.
The shareable bike lock
If a friend wanted to borrow your bike, you’d have to lend them a key to your lock – but what if you could authorise them on your smartphone and they could just walk up to your bike and unlock it without a key?
That’s the idea behind these innovative new bike locks. Lock8 also features GPS tracking so if your bike is stolen you’ll be able to track it down. It also has a built-in alarm that sounds if someone tries to tamper with the lock and, to ensure a long battery life, it charges as your wheels spin.
For something heftier, there’s the solar-charged Skylock: the makers say it has been built to military standards and, thanks to a built-in accelerometer, it will send you an alert if someone tampers with it.
Track that missing bike down
Trackr could become incredibly useful in keeping tabs on your bike if you don’t want to invest in a whole new lock. The device sticks to your bike seat and transmits its location using a Crowd GPS network – so if it’s within 100ft of any Trackr user, it can tell you where it is.
Trackr piqued cyclists’ interest and smashed its funding target, as excited users wanted to be the first to try out this new technology.
It’s thrilling to think about the innovative options that are already available to cyclists – you can start to imagine a time when bike theft becomes a thing of the past. This is becoming yet another area where mobile phones will be at the centre of our lives.
Are you a keen cyclist? Which of these futuristic bike locks has got your vote? Let us know over on Twitter @O2 or in the comments box below.