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German Car rental Company Sixt is planning to launch robotaxi services in Munich in 2022

Germany is making some big steps towards autonomous robotaxi services. Car hire provider Sixt is planning to deploy a driverless robotaxi service in Munich in 2022.

The company is working with tech giant Intel’s Mobileye division to develop and scale autonomous vehicle services across Germany and other European countries over the course of the 2020s. This was announced during this years IAA Mobility Congress in Munich. There are some rumours that the Company will use the NIO ES8 as it was featured in the Company’s presentation. This is not confirmed yet.

Robotaxi services in the Bavarian city will be available via the Sixt app and on Moovit.

Intel CEO Pat Geslinger says: “Germany has shown global leadership toward a future of autonomous mobility by expediting crucial AV legislation.

The decision to use Munich as the launch city follows a recent law passed that allows driverless vehicles on German roads.

Testing will begin in 2022 and, subject to approval by the relevant authorities in the region, move to commercial operations.

The partnership between Sixt and Intel will see the car hire brand oversee maintenance and operations, with the chip and technology manufacturer handling ownership of the fleet through the Mobileye brand.

“Our ability to begin robotaxi operations in Munich next year would not be possible without this new law.”

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