14 Sep 21

Enterprise connects 350,000 rental vehicles via Microsoft

International rental giant Enterprise has announced plans to ‘connect’ as many as 350,000 vehicles on its fleet before the end of this year, via a partnership with Microsoft.

Microsoft’s analytics technologies will capture vehicle fuel levels and odometer readings, streamlining the check in and checkout processes. On-board sensors will also record valuable information about how a vehicle is performing mechanically.

The connected vehicle technology will be rolled out in the USA, followed by the UK and Canada across Enterprise’s car, exotic vehicles and commercial truck rental fleets. Enterprise Holdings, which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, said it aims to connect its entire fleet within five years.

Shane Behl, Vice President Information Technology for Enterprise Holdings, said the programme will benefit both customers and Enterprise’s own operational efficiencies.

"Consumers want a more streamlined car rental experience, and our manufacturer partners are looking for more information about how our vehicles are performing," he said.

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Authored by: Jonathan Manning