Car rental company Hertz and its fleet management subsidiary, Donlen, have announced a strategic partnership that will see Hertz provide management and operational services for Aptiv’s autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas.
Hertz will assist with the operations and management of Aptiv’s fleet of autonomous vehicles in the city – the company’s first commercial deployment market in North America.
“We’re pleased to announce this partnership with Aptiv, a leader in the development of autonomous driving technology,” said Michael Fisher, senior vice president and chief digitization officer of Hertz.
“This allows us to build on our expanding platform for managing AVs of the future while we leverage our expansive expertise and network managing our existing car rental and commercial fleets of more than 1 million vehicles.”
“Our partnership with Hertz will allow us to operate and maintain autonomous fleets at scale—a critical element of the offering that our on-demand mobility customers will require,” said Glen De Vos, Aptiv's chief technology officer and president, Mobility and Services group.
The two companies will gradually develop standard operating procedures for autonomous vehicle fleets. The Las Vegas programme will begin later this year and will help to guide their implementation of similar schemes in other markets in future.