Avis Budget Group recently announced the addition of 6,000 Peugeot, Citroën and DS vehicles to its connected-car rental fleet in Europe.
The vehicles will operate across the company’s Avis and Budget brands in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as well as the Maggiore brand in Italy.
The company said it expects to add another 5,000 connected cars later this year, and aims to have all of its Peugeot, Citroën and DS vehicles connected by 2020.
“Leveraging the data from both connected cars and connected travelers enables us to achieve significant cost savings and margin improvements,” said Mark Servodidio, president, International, Avis Budget Group. “Better information, delivered automatically and in real-time, eliminates or reduces many of the manual tasks provided by field personnel, resulting in a better customer experience, a more efficient workforce and better-maintained vehicles.”
Parsippany, N.J.-based Avis Budget Group said it will have more than 100,000 connected cars globally this year and has committed to operating a fully connected global fleet by 2020.
As part of the effort, Avis Budget Group earlier this year began installation of 50,000 Unified Telematics Platform devices from I.D. Systems, more than doubling the company’s existing fleet of connected vehicles. Last month, Avis Budget Group announced a partnership with Toyota to deploy 10,000 connected vehicles across the United States in 2018.