Toyota Connected North America has entered into a multi-year partnership with Avis Budget Group. Avis will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to its Car Rental’s expanding fleet of connected cars.
Toyota Connected North America is the global technology strategy business unit for Toyota and Avis Budget Group, a leading global provider of mobility solutions.
Avis Budget Group will utilize Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to while creating a more seamless rental experience for customers.
The Toyota vehicles will deliver increased benefits to Avis customers by tapping into Toyota’s proprietary MSPF, a suite of advanced software and connected services that support mobility businesses.
The platform’s telematics data API (application programming interface) 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’s MSPF is already being used to support a range of businesses and test programs, including car share programs, use-based car insurance pricing, and fleet management.
Servco Pacific Inc., the distributor of Toyota vehicles in Hawaii, is currently using MSPF to launch a new Honolulu-based car share business through an application developed and managed by Toyota Connected North America that supports driver identification and authentication, plus payment and fleet management.
Getaround, a San Francisco-based, peer-to-peer car-sharing company, is leveraging MSPF and connected car technology to allow drivers to seamlessly and securely rent, locate and drive Toyota vehicles with a Smart Key Box (SKB) that lets users lock and unlock vehicles and start the engine via a smartphone.