Enterprise has entered a partnership with General Motors to add an additional 100,000 connected vehicles by the end of 2019. Enterprise began piloting its connectivity platform with GM in 2018.
Enterprise customers will soon experience expedited rentals and returns as well as access to additional safety features, including emergency services, crisis assistance, automatic crash response services and remote lock/unlock capabilities, the rental company said.
“This is our first step toward a fully connected fleet of vehicles,” said Christine Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Holdings. “We’ve always understood the value of an integrated network, which has made this an easy decision. We’ll continue to adopt technology solutions that make renting cars easier and seamless for our customers.”
Connected vehicles will soon expedite the renting and returning of vehicles for customers at neighborhood and airport Enterprise, National and Alamo locations. For example, they can automate such tasks as checking fuel levels, vehicle condition and odometer readings. Onboard telemetry allows geofenced rental locations to automatically receive these readings when customers return their cars, making the return of the vehicle frictionless.
“Connected vehicles provide customers with a simple, fast rental and return experience,” added Taylor. “The potential for the products and services we’ll be able to offer our customers when all of our vehicles are connected is limitless. As we add these cars to our fleet, we look forward to introducing customers to new technologies and features that not only enhance the driving experience, but also the entire transportation ecosystem.”