Avis Budget Group has executed a purchase agreement for deployment of I.D. Systems’ proprietary wireless rental fleet management systems in Avis Budget’s vehicle rental fleet.
I.D. Systems’ wireless in-vehicle management system permits two-way data communications between a vehicle and various car rental operating systems. Combined with Avis Budget’s other existing technologies, I.D. Systems’ rental fleet management systems enables Avis Budget to rent and check-in vehicles virtually, all on a mobile device. The system provides Avis unique insights into the mileage, fuel level, and condition of a vehicle the minute it is returned to an Avis location. These capabilities significantly streamline and automate the vehicle data collection and billing process.
The first phase of the new purchase agreement will incorporate I.D. Systems’ technology into 50,000 Avis Budget vehicles. As part of the agreement, I.D. Systems received an upfront payment, which it will allocate toward the development of additional system enhancements as well as ramping production with the goal of delivering more than 2,500 units per week starting in the fourth quarter of 2017. The exclusive agreement also provides Avis Budget an option to extend system deployment across its global fleet of vehicles.
“This new agreement builds on our long-standing and successful technology collaboration with Avis Budget,” said Chris Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer of I.D. Systems. “We believe our patented, next-generation solution will truly revolutionize the car rental industry, and with a global leader like Avis as our partner, we now have a unique opportunity to realize this vision. We look forward to working more closely with the Avis team to support the deployment of their first 50,000 in-vehicle wireless devices to be installed in Avis Budget rental vehicles starting in the fourth quarter.”
Gerard Insall, Chief Information Officer of Avis Budget Group, commented: “We believe Avis Now represents the future of car rental, and we’re excited to continue and expand on our partnership with I.D. Systems. Our ‘connected cars’ allow us to vastly improve our customer’s rental experience by giving our customers more virtual control and choice of their vehicle using their mobile phone. We also improve their vehicle return experience by automating the check-in process. As a mobility services provider, connected car technology not only streamlines the rental experience for our customers but allows us to drive operational efficiencies.
The agreement provides Avis Budget with a limited term of exclusivity for the use of I.D. Systems’ technology in the car and truck rental industry, with multiple options to mutually extend the exclusivity period in six-month increments under certain conditions.