Avis Budget Group will connect an additional 75,000 vehicles to its cloud-based, next-generation platform through the installation of in-vehicle telematics devices provided by I.D. Systems, the company said.
The new agreement builds on the successful deployment of 50,000 units during the past year. I.D. Systems’ wireless in-vehicle management system permits two-way data communications between a vehicle and Avis Budget Group’s cloud-based system and its mobile apps, effectively “connecting” the car.
“We’re taking advantage of both OEM and third-party solutions as we move closer to our industry-leading goal of a fully connected fleet in 2020,” said Arthur Orduña, chief innovation officer for Avis Budget Group. “I.D. Systems’ telematics enable us to quickly integrate a variety of makes and models of vehicles to our next-generation connected-car management platform, enabling new efficiencies and services benefiting both our business operations and our rental customers.”
Connected vehicles allow Avis customers to manage their entire experience through the Avis mobile app, including choosing the type of vehicle they want to drive and extending the duration of their reservation. Even returning a vehicle is automated with connected technology, allowing customers to drop off their vehicles through a simple tap in the Avis app.
In addition, the connected fleet offers Avis Budget Group significant opportunity to streamline operations and reduce costs, according to the company. This includes real-time inventory counts, mileage management and automated maintenance notification. Having a fleet of connected cars enables more sophisticated tracking of idle vehicles, and automated processing of cars ready to rent, Avis Budget Group noted.
The new units will support the Avis and Zipcar mobile apps, meaning Avis Budget Group can more easily position vehicles across the brands to meet periods of high demand or for other business reasons, according to the company. They also enable utilization in Europe, and Avis Budget Group will begin testing them in select markets in 2019.
“This new agreement continues our many years of working hand-in-hand with Avis Budget Group to develop, build and implement innovative technology that enables Avis Budget Group to achieve their connected fleet and business transformational goals,” said Chris Wolfe, chief executive officer of Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based I.D. Systems.