25 Feb 19

(Artificial) Intelligent bikes in Paris

Soon, the largest bike share scheme in the Western World can benefit from an intelligent, efficient and data-driven user-experience thanks to the partnership of Stage Intelligence with Smovengo. 

Leading tech companies are teaming up to equip the shared bikes of Velib in Paris, France, with Artificial Intelligence (AI). In total 21,000 bikes, including 7,000 electric ones, will be upgraded with the technology of Stage Intelligence, the leading AI platform provider for mobility and logistics, and Smovengo, the consortium in charge of operating Paris Metropole’s bike-sharing system Vélib, made up of four international mobility experts, Smoove, Moventia, Mobivia and Park Indigo.


The BICO AI optimisation platform will be used to enhance the user experience by collecting and visualising data, automating processes and optimising working environments. Both the company and the user will profit from the more efficient, less costly and improved bike share experience. By using BICO, Smovengo wants to unlock the potential of data in the bike sharing scheme, which currently serves 6 to 10 rides per bike per day on respectively the mechanical and electric bikes.

From Paris to the world

Additionally, the features of BICO are continually expanding, already  including the management of both e-bikes and hybrid bikes, but also features to deal with broken bikes and features to provide user availability applications. Eventually BICO aims to solve ‘logistics, transit and user-based rebalancing challenges whilst revolutionising the mobility, logistics and operating space.’

Therefore, Stage Intelligence can count on global experience. BICO is already deployed in Chicago (US), Guadalajara (Mexico), and Helsinki (Finland). New partnerships on their way. Tembici, the largest bike sharing company in Latin America, has chosen to deploy BICO in its bike sharing schemes in various cities across Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Recife, Salvador, Port Alegre and Vila Velha. Later, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires (Argentina) might follow suit.

More riders, less CO2

Over the last 12 months the use of BICO in Stage Intelligence bike sharing has resulted in the savings of 10 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions thanks to the reduction of the number of trucks needed to redistribute bikes. Additionally, Stage Intelligence has seen the number of rides per bike per day increase by 5.5 in its top performing scheme. 

The bike sharing platform of BICO cannot only make the bike sharing schemes more intelligent, but also more efficient and more sustainable. A huge potential is left unexploited if you take into account that the 10 metric tonnes of CO2 are only saved in the currently participating cities.  

Authored by: Fien Van den steen