Avis will service Waymo’s self-driving minivans
The Verge ------ Avis Budget Group, the parent company of car rental services like Avis, Budget, and Zipcar, has struck a non-exclusive deal with Waymo to manage its growing fleet of self-driving minivans. Avis will clean and tend to Waymo’s vehicles, providing services like regular oil changes, but it won’t tinker with any of the self-driving hardware. The partnership, which will begin later this year, only covers the self-driving vans Waymo has deployed in Phoenix. (Waymo also tests vehicles in Mountain View, California.) But CEO John Krafcik told Bloomberg that the company is open to growing the collaboration with Avis to other cities as Waymo expands. The company has been offering free rides in its minivans (with an engineer behind the wheel at all times) in the greater Phoenix area since late April in exchange for feedback from customers about using autonomous vehicles. To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.