Ford Partners with Avis in Europe

Ford Data Services make it possible to deliver real-time connectivity across a fleet. (Photo: Ford)

Customers renting Ford Motor Company vehicles from Avis Budget Group’s European fleet will soon find it easier to pick up and return their vehicles.

The Avis Budget Group has entered into an agreement with Ford Commercial Solutions to connect approximately 14,000 Ford Motor Company vehicles in Avis Budget Group’s European fleet.

Connected vehicles allow Avis customers to manage their entire rental experience through the Avis mobile app, even returning a rental vehicle through a simple tap in the Avis app.

Additionally, these connected Ford vehicles will provide telemetry data in real time, including mileage, fuel level and vehicle condition updates. This allows a faster turnaround for customers, as Avis Budget Group fleet managers can process information they need more quickly.

More than 4,000 Ford vehicles in the Avis Budget Group fleet are expected to be connected by the end of 2019, and a further 10,000 vehicles by the end of 2020.

“Following the recent announcement of more than 35,000 Ford vehicles connected in our US fleet, this expansion of a further 14,000 connected vehicles in Europe is testament to the relationship with Ford Commercial Solutions and a significant milestone in our commitment to have a fully connected global fleet,” said Valerie Chenivesse, Fleet Services Director – International, Avis Budget Group. “Connectivity allows us to increase efficiencies as a business, delivering a more streamlined and on-demand experience for our customers.”

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