Avis Budget Partners With Waymo’s Self-Driving Program

Photo courtesy of Avis Budget Group
Photo courtesy of Avis Budget Group

Avis Budget Group Inc. has announced that it has signed an agreement with Waymo, an Alphabet Inc. company, to offer fleet support and maintenance services for Waymo's self-driving car program at Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental locations.

The collaboration is designed to support Waymo's growing autonomous vehicle (AV) fleet and Waymo's early rider program, a public trial of its self-driving cars in Phoenix.

Waymo recently announced that it is adding hundreds of Chrysler Pacifica minivans to build a 600-vehicle fleet. This partnership will allow Avis Budget to service Waymo's growing number of self-driving vehicles cars on the road, according to the company.

Under the multi-year agreement, Avis Budget Group will enhance selected rental facilities to offer automotive services and secure parking for Waymo's fleet. Avis will offer a variety of services, including interior and exterior cleaning, oil changes, tire rotations, and the checking, ordering, and installation of automotive parts — as well as other fleet support and maintenance.

"With members of the public using our growing fleet of self-driving cars, our vehicles need standard maintenance and cleaning so they're ready for our riders at any time of the day or night," said John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo. "Avis Budget Group is an ideal partner to provide fleet support and maintenance. With thousands of locations around the world, Avis Budget Group can help us bring our technology to more people, in more places."

"We are excited to partner with Waymo, the self-driving technology leader that is changing the mobility landscape in a profoundly transformative and beneficial manner," said Larry De Shon, president and CEO of Avis Budget Group. "Not only does this partnership enable us to leverage our current capabilities and assets, but it also allows us to accelerate our knowledge and hands-on experience in an emerging area as Waymo-enabled self-driving cars become available in the marketplace." 

Comments

  1. Gerry Lynch [ June 28, 2017 @ 06:20AM ]

    Interesting. A good strategy for ABG as the car sharing and autonomous markets continue to eat into traditional revenue.

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