Maven Adds Chevy Bolt to Carsharing Fleet in LA

Maven, General Motors’ mobility brand, will now be offering the Chevrolet Bolt EV in its carsharing fleet in Los Angeles. Once fully deployed, more than 100 Bolt EVs will be available.

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Europcar Australia Named Top Car Rental Company

At the World Travel Awards, Europcar Australia was named as “Australia’s Leading Car Rental Company” for the seventh consecutive year.

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Hertz Sponsors Innovation Center to Promote Mobility

Tel Aviv-based DRIVE Innovation Center will connect Hertz with early-stage startups and entrepreneurs to help influence the development of innovation for smart mobility.

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Dollar Adds New Location in Dubai’s Motor City

Dollar Rent A Car has opened its 26th branch in Dubai’s Motor City.

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Grab Expands Carpooling Service to Malaysia, Philippines

GrabShare, which first launched in Singapore, is a carpooling service that’s 30% cheaper than Grab’s ride-hailing rates.

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Avis Budget Increases Full-Year Revenue by 2%

Avis Budget Group Inc. has reported revenue of $8.7 billion for full-year 2016, an increase of 2% compared to 2015. For its fourth quarter 2016, Avis earned revenue of $1.9 billion, a 1% drop year-over-year.

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Mobility 2050: A Path for Car Rental

Here's what the future of autonomous vehicles may look like and how transportation markets are evolving along the way.

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Operators: What Does the Future of Car Rental Look Like?

Independent car rental operators share their predictions for the industry — and how they will adapt to these anticipated advancements — in the next five to 10 years and beyond.

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2017 International Car Rental Show: Preparing for the Future

The keynote presentations for this year's ICRS will address the fundamental shifts in transportation, while the seminars, roundtables, and exhibits will demonstrate ways operators can improve their businesses today.

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ACRA: Let's Partner in Forming Mobility Policy

As technology continues to advance, ACRA commits to being the voice of the car rental industry in shaping mobility policy, including autonomous vehicles.

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Car Rental Q&A: Where Do I Start When Automating the Car Rental Process?

An operator has been hearing a lot about new ways to automate the car rental process, but he doesn't know where to start.

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Will Cybersecurity Concerns Limit OBDII Access?

NHTSA's recently published guidance on cybersecurity has potentially broad implications, including limiting third-party access to OBDII ports, which are used in many fleet applications.

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Avis Budget Extends Partnership With Travelport

Through the partnership, Avis Budget Group is able to showcase its vehicle inventory and ancillary products/services on Travelport’s travel commerce platform.

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Leslie Saunders Receives National Women of Distinction Award

Leslie Saunders, CEO and founder of Leslie Saunders Insurance Agency Inc., a provider of insurance services for the auto rental industry, has been named as an inaugural recipient of the Legacy of Leaders Award for Women of Distinction.

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Rent Centric Powers All-Electric Carsharing Service

Rent Centric’s self-service technology enables Green Commuter carsharing users to rent all-electric vehicles via a mobile app.

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Hertz to Announce Q4, Full-Year Earnings

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. will host a live webcast discussion of its 2016 fourth quarter and full-year financial results on Tuesday Feb. 28.

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Enterprise Car Sales Generates $575M in Auto Loans

The service from Enterprise Rent-A-Car generated $575 million in loan volume to more than 31,000 credit union members during 2016 — a 15% increase in loan volume compared to the previous year.

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Upstate New York Passes New Ride-Hailing Bill

The bill will lower taxes on ride-hailing rides to 2% and will force transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to have their drivers undergo background checks.

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Avis Budget Offers Visa Checkout for Online Payments

Avis Budget Group has announced the availability of Visa Checkout as a payment option for Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental customers.

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Ford Invests $1B Toward 2021 Autonomous Vehicle

Ford will invest $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI, a startup focusing on artificial intelligence, to develop a software platform for a fully autonomous vehicle it plans to make available for ride hailing in 2021.

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