Avis Budget Group has announced a new agreement with FCA to connect more than 22,000 Fiat vehicles in Avis Budget Group's European fleet.

A connected vehicle  can allow Avis customers to manage their rental experience through the Avis mobile app, including choosing the vehicle, selecting an upgrade and extending the duration of the rental from phones.

Returning a rental vehicle is automated with connected technology, allowing customers to drop off their vehicles through a tap in the Avis app.

In addition, these connected vehicles enable lock and unlock technology, providing a straight-to-vehicle, self-serve option for customers.

The connected FCA vehicles will provide telemetry data in real time, including mileage, fuel level and updates on the mechanical condition of the car. Connectivity also enables vehicles to get back on the road faster.

FCA is providing a ready to use telematics solution for Avis Budget Group to connect vehicles, reducing typical cost and complexity of implementing aftermarket solutions on its own.

The partnership follows a recent announcement from Avis Budget Group as it surpassed the 200,000 connected car threshold globally. Its partnership with FCA now means an additional 22,000 Fiat vehicles in the Avis Budget Group fleet will be connected, contributing towards its goal of a fully connected global fleet.

"At the end of 2019, we surpassed the milestone of 200,000 connected vehicles in our global fleet," said Avis Budget Group VP of Fleet Services International, Valerie Chenivesse.

"This partnership with FCA group, adding a further 22,000 connected vehicles in Europe, is a step towards having a fully connected global fleet.

"Connectivity allows us to deliver a more on-demand and streamlined experience for our customers, by helping to increase efficiencies as a business."

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