Looks like a group of students started a bike sharing program in Washington DC using cell phones being called â€œthe first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.â€ It’s called: WeBike.
Hmmm, I mean really what kind of system could be successful, started on a college campus?
Article from thecityfix.com
For Bikesharing, Forget Stations; All You Need Is a Phone
Submitted by Ginger Moored on January 25, 2011
A small start-up near Washington, D.C. has started what it calls â€œthe first stationless smart bike sharing program in North America.â€ And all it took to get the system up and running was some bikes, U-locks and mobile phones.
In the fall of 2007, Allie Armitage and three classmates at the University of Maryland, College Park, just outside of the nationâ€™s capital, decided to design a campus bikeshare program for their â€œSystems Thinkingâ€ course. Armitage says one team member, Vlad Tchompalov, had just seen the new bikeshare systems in Paris and Berlin and thought they could implement a smaller-scale version on their 37,000-student campus. They figured that a system with stations would be a huge step up from the communal â€œyellow bikeâ€ programs in places like Portland, Ore. that failed because the bikes were left unlocked and most were stolen.
read more here.