Avis Budget Group Inc.'s agreement with Waymo will have to servicing and maintaining the latter's fleet of self-driving vehicles. The partnership will make it easier for Waymo to grow its current test ridership program. Avis will clean the cars, as well as perform regular maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotations and installing ordinary replacement parts.
Waymo has not disclosed how numerous 100 initial Chrysler vehicles are in the early-rider program, which is only in Phoenix.
Shares of Avis Budget jumped more than 9 percent in morning trading. We refine Waymo technology through one billion miles of simulation testing each year, and our cars have self-driven over three million miles on public roads across four USA cities.
That alliance teamed Waymo and Lyft against controversy-dented ride-sharing giant Uber, which is racing to develop its own self-driving vehicles, and which is locked in a bitter legal dispute with Waymo.
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Officials highlighted this partnership will allow Avis Budget Group to service Waymo's growing number of cars on the road, ensuring Waymo's self-driving vehicles are ready for riders around the clock.
Avis has 11,000 rental locations worldwide.
Waymo and Chrysler have built a fleet of autonmous minivans packed with Waymo's technology.
The companies announced a multi-year agreement Monday in which Avis will store and service Waymo's 600-vehicle fleet of Chrysler self-driving vans at select rental facilities.
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Transportation experts anticipate that in densely populated areas, self-driving fleets such as Waymo's could soon become the norm.
The collaboration will support Waymo's self-driving vehicle fleet and a ride-hailing service being tested in Phoenix, Arizona, according to the companies.
The rental auto firm said in a release that it will service and store Waymo's Chrysler Pacifica minivans at locations through the Phoenix area, where the parent of Google has been testing a ride-hailing service with volunteers since April.
Waymo is not working on a way to rent out Waymo's carsthrough Avis, according to Alphabet.
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