November 30, 2020

Car sharing, rental cars, taxis and more

The car rental company calls its new mobility platform Sixt One, which also offers car sharing, taxi rides and ride hailing. An international expansion is planned.

The whole world of mobility in one pocket. In a similar way, you could rewrite the goal that the car rental company Sixt has in mind when it comes to restructuring its business model. In 2018, the company from the south of Munich left the DriveNow car sharing service, which was founded together with BMW, and BMW has now merged the fleet with Daimler.

The new app called Sixt Ride is designed to give customers around the world easy access to mobility services. This allows you to book taxi rides as well as access to a local ride hailing service. You want to be ready with the right offer when autonomous fleets take care of the passenger transport from A to B.

In 250 major cities in Europe and the United States, a Sixt Ride customer should have local transportation within ten minutes. By booking a departure time and the route in advance, the company says the app can be used in 500 cities in 60 countries. Smaller cities and regions far from the metropolises are said to be among them.

Carsharing brand Sixt Share

Under the name Sixt Share, the boundaries between the classic rental model and car sharing are to become blurred. In the future, the rental car fleet will also be available for spontaneous rentals via app, the rental period can be between a few minutes and up to 27 days.

Sixt Share does not offer a free-floating concept in which cars can be rented and parked on the side of the road. To do this, they want to score with the advantage of their own network of over 2,200 stations worldwide. A car can also be dropped off in another city, as is known from classic rental cars. At the start of Sixt Share, the offer is limited to 500 Sixt stations in the German market, and other European countries are to follow soon.

Sixt also wants to digitize the core business of car rental into the future. The Sixt app already serves as a “digital counter”. You can reserve a rental car on your smartphone up to 30 minutes before the start of your journey, for example when you leave an aircraft.