Heavy rainfall is slashing the city. People who leave home without umberalla can find e-umbrellas on roadside railings near bus stations, Metro stations and shopping malls across the city.
Just like using an app-based bike, you can download the e-umbrella app to look for available umbrellas nearby and obtain the password to unlock an umbrella. You don’t have to return the umbrellas to any designated locations, and the app will stop calculating the fee when the user closes the umbrella.
You can unlock an e-umbrella as easy as unlocking a shared bike and pay 0.5 yuan (US$0.07) to use it for half an hour. You also have to pay a deposit of 19 yuan to use the umbrellas.
“We encourage users to bring the umbrella home and share it with their family members,” the developer of the e-umbrellas said, adding that the company has assigned a team to deploy and recycle the umbrellas, and some umbrellas would be unlocked for free for children and the elderly on rainy days.
Each umbrella has a small bag attached, in which users can leave written notes to other people and make new friends. The next generation of the e-umbrella will also have an MP4 player.