I.D. Systems, a Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based provider of enterprise asset management technology, announced that Avis Budget Group has begun installing its Unified Telematics Platform (UTP) on vehicles in the Avis fleet in the United States.
Avis Budget Group will install a total of 50,000 UTP units, “which effectively convert these vehicles into connected cars,” according to I.D. Systems.
The UTP device from I.D. Systems plugs into the vehicle’s OBD II port. I.D. Systems detects the electronic signature of the vehicle, configures the device to properly monitor and interact with the vehicle, and then provides operational data and pass-through controls back to enable the Avis mobile app, according to the company.
“The integration of I.D. Systems’ UTP will accelerate our ability to meet our goal of a fully connected fleet by 2020,” said Arthur Orduña, executive vice president and chief innovation officer for Avis Budget Group. “Connected cars offer us unparalleled potential to dramatically improve the customer experience while also streamlining operations and reducing costs, which is why we’re taking aggressive steps to fully connect our fleet as quickly as possible.”
The Avis mobile app allows renters to manage their entire rental experience from their smartphone, according to Avis Budget Group. Renters can choose the vehicle they want, change or upgrade their vehicle while at or near the lot, view their rental agreement, lock and unlock the vehicle and more.
“I.D. Systems has been working with Avis Budget Group to provide new, innovative solutions to meet their needs both today and into the future,” said Chris Wolfe, CEO of I.D. Systems. “We are pleased to deploy all 50,000 UTP devices under this multi-year agreement.”