Avis, Ford Team for Connected Cars
October 23, 2018
To make renting vehicles even easier for customers
and to improve efficiency, Avis Budget inked an agreement with Ford
Commercial Solutions to connect more than 35,000 Ford Motor Company
vehicles in Avis Budget Group’s U.S. fleet.
Connected vehicles allow Avis customers to manage their entire rental
experience through the Avis mobile app, including choosing the type of
vehicle they want to rent and extending the duration of their rental.
Even returning a rental vehicle is automated with connected technology,
allowing customers to drop off their vehicles through a simple tap in
the Avis app.
Additionally, these connected Ford vehicles will provide valuable
telemetry data in real time, including odometer, fuel level and vehicle
condition updates, allowing Avis Budget Group fleet managers to process
information they need to more quickly prepare vehicles for customers.
Ford Commercial Solutions is providing an embedded telematics solution
called Ford Data Services, which offers a simplified and efficient way
for Avis Budget Group to connect vehicles, reducing typical downtime and
device management efforts currently required. More than 10,000 Ford
vehicles in the Avis Budget Group fleet are expected to be connected by
the end of 2018, and more than 35,000 by summer 2019.
“With more than 100,000 connected vehicles in our Avis Budget Group
fleet and growing, the relationship with Ford Commercial Solutions is a
significant milestone in our commitment to achieve a fully connected
fleet by 2020,” said Arthur Orduña, chief innovation officer, Avis
Budget Group. “It allows us to expand our connected ecosystem and work
with an organization that shares our mutual goal to push the boundaries
of connectivity and innovation as we charge into a new era for
connect its embedded telematics solution, Ford Commercial Solutions is
using the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) from Autonomic, an open
platform that securely manages information flow to and from vehicles’
embedded modems. Through this partnership, Ford Data Services takes
advantage of Ford vehicles’ built-in connectivity and transfers data
directly from vehicles to the TMC without the need for additional
third-party hardware, management or installation downtime. The data is
then easily relayed to the fleet owner’s internal IT system or
telematics service via the TMC — giving businesses easy access to
valuable information that can improve their operations and the overall
“Ford Data Services and the TMC make it possible to deliver real-time
connectivity across a fleet, enabling new data collection and insights.
These insights make daily operations more efficient for our partners and
their customers,” said Lee Jelenic, chief executive officer, Ford
Commercial Solutions. “We are thrilled to work with Avis Budget Group,
whose commitment to a fully connected fleet matches ours as we deliver
100 percent new vehicle connectivity in North America by the end of
A business unit of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Ford Commercial Solutions
has one goal — to help fleets improve their operational effectiveness by
offering OEM-grade data verified by Ford engineers, such as fuel use and
vehicle health alerts.