Autonomous driving

Text Chris Werner
Photos IAA
The future is now! In a spectacular world premiere, the first robot taxi service for Germany was presented in Munich on the occasion of the IAA MOBILITY. It was determined that the implementation of future technologies such as autonomous driving (AF) requires new alliances between large companies and a clear plan.


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As early as next year, the first 100 percent electric taxis are expected to roll along the streets of Munich with their customers, “once all regulatory hurdles have been overcome,” according to Alexander Sixt, who called the “first driverless robot taxi service in Germany a lighthouse project for Europe”. Sixt’s image film at the IAA MOBILITY, which promoted the first robot taxi service in Germany, ended with “Arrived in the future”.

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Robotaxis belong to level four of autonomous driving

The vehicles are equipped with innovative technology from Intel Mobileye, which can operate fully automatically with a total of eleven cameras as well as lidar and radar sensors. The vehicles should be able to drive independently in almost all situations and only have a human driver on board for control purposes. The vehicles can then be ordered once via the Moovit or Sixt app. This year, Germany became the first country in the world to adopt a basic legal framework for autonomous driving.

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Intel-CEO Pat Gelsinger

“We want to develop world-changing technologies that improve people’s lives,” explained Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger at the presentation in Munich. On the way to the mobility of the future, the previously known boundaries between the technology and mobility sectors are also becoming increasingly blurred. “The cars of the future will be computers on four wheels,” Gelsinger said. Currently, five percent of vehicles consist of semiconductor chips; by 2030, that figure will be 20 percent.

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The robot taxi service from Intel-Mobileye and Sixt is then the next step into the mobility of the future. Alexander Sixt: “Autonomous driving will be the next big bang.” Because: The future of mobility has already begun.


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