Jun 26, 2017

Waymo and Avis team up on self-driving cars

Kim Hart, author of Cities

Courtesy of Waymo

Waymo is expanding its self-driving car fleet with a partnership with Avis Budget Group, which will provide maintenance services for Waymo cars at Avis and Budget car rental locations.

Reaching more "drivers": By partnering with a rental car company with thousands of locations, Waymo can get more people to experiment with its self-driving car technology. For Avis Budget Group, the partnership allows technicians to get hands-on experience servicing driverless vehicles, and also helping to offset declining rental car business. Avis also owns on-demand rental car service Zipcar, a relationship that could later help Waymo expand its technologies to a broader network of customers.

Where: Waymo has a public trial of its self-driving cars in Phoenix, Arizona, and recently announced it is adding Chrysler Pacifica minivans to build a 600-vehicle fleet. Avis will retrofit select facilities in Phoenix to house the minivans, Bloomberg reported.

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