Avis teams up with Waymo on self-driving car program

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — Avis is teaming up with Waymo on a self-driving auto program.

Autonomous ride-hailing services are being viewed by auto and tech companies as a potential gold mine in a near future where vehicle ownership is losing its luster. Avis and Budget aren't renting Waymo's autonomous minivans out to regular customers. Under the multiyear deal, Waymo's cars will receive automotive services such as cleanings and oil changes from Avis and be allowed to park at its locations.

Waymo is the autonomous auto technology subsidiary of Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google. Area residents who want to use the service, which would operate like a taxi service, can apply to Waymo to become participants. "Avis Budget Group is an ideal partner to provide fleet support and maintenance".

Under the deal, Avis will manage Waymo's fleet of autonomous vehicles.

The partnership aims to support Waymo's fleet and its early rider program, which has a public trial in Phoenix. "With thousands of locations around the world, Avis Budget Group can help us bring our technology to more people, in more places".

Avis Budget Group, Inc.is a leading global provider of mobility solutions, both through its Avis and Budget brands, which have more than 11,000 rental locations in approximately 180 countries around the world, and through its Zipcar brand, which is the world's leading auto sharing network, with more than one million members. Avis Budget Group also owns the vehicle sharing company Zipcar which rents cars out for short periods of time from parking garages and other locations.

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