We are closing in on the finish line in Hamburg. The premiere ride at the city hall is done and now it's straight to the public launch. We will begin public operations in Hamburg in April. That is certain, but what will happen until then?
We are continuing to recruit more drivers for our service. 250 contracts have already been signed, but for our fleet of 500 vehicles we will need around 1,500 drivers in the coming year to ensure smooth and good operation of our service.
What is particularly important to us is your safety. That‘s why we are investing a lot in training our drivers in the coming months: learning how to use the app from the driver's side, how to deal with customers and, of course, how to handle the vehicle. The safety of the passengers and all other road users is our top priority and our drivers are specially trained accordingly. Drivers who do not yet have a passenger transport permit will obtain one in the coming weeks.
Another central point will be the delivery, registration and integration of our vehicles: Even though the first MOIA has already been to the streets of Hamburg, the remaining vehicles still have to reach the Hanseatic city, where they are registered in our hubs and integrated into the system. This will also happen in the next few weeks.
Of course, so many drivers and vehicles also need a base. There will be two MOIA hubs at the start. There is still some final work to be done on the charging infrastructure to ensure a good and smooth operation of our service. In the future, 500 vehicles will have to be cleaned, maintained and above all charged between shifts in the hubs.
With immediate effect, the first ten MOIAs and their drivers will be on test drives through the Hanseatic city. In particular, the virtual stops and the business area will have to be defined. The yellow MOIAs will therefore be integrated bit by bit into the Hamburg cityscape.
As you can see, we still have a lot to do, but can hardly wait to finally go into regular operation in Hamburg.