Toyota’s technology strategy business Toyota Connected North America, has announced a multi-year partnership with Avis Budget Group that will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to Avis Car Rental’s expanding fleet of connected cars.
It says Avis Budget will utilise Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) “to enable greater operational and rental fleet efficiency while creating a more seamless rental experience for customers”.
“At Toyota Connected North America, we are leveraging the power of data science to develop and deliver new mobility services that create new value for businesses and customers alike,” said Zack Hicks, chief executive officer and president, Toyota Connected North America. “Toyota’s mobility services platform will provide Avis Budget Group with enhanced connectivity and visibility into their fleet, and bring travellers increased control and convenience over their rental experience.”
Toyota says the vehicles will “deliver increased benefits to Avis customers” by tapping into Toyota’s proprietary MSPF, a suite of software and connected services that support mobility businesses. The platform’s telematics data API will enable customers to receive real-time rental information via the Avis mobile app, which includes virtual odometer readings and fuel levels, and will assist them in locating the vehicle. The connected services provided by the telematics interface will also allow for greater fleet management capabilities, improve informatics, and enable shorter vehicle check-in and check-out processing times.
Toyota says its MSPF is already being used to support a range of businesses and test programs, including car share programmes, use-based car insurance pricing, and fleet management.