Hertz looks toward fleets of autonomous vehicles
Hertz is looking to develop and run large scale autonomous vehicle (AV) fleets, which it sees as a critical step toward achieving on-demand mobility for its customers.
The two companies plan to execute a phased approach to develop standard operating procedures for mobility-related AV fleets. The initial program, scheduled to launch in autumn, will enhance and guide the implementation of similar programs in future markets.
The news follows the partnership between Hertz Corporation and its fleet management subsidiary Donlen with Aptiv. Aptiv claims its technology already powers autonomous vehicles the world over, while Hertz will assist with the operations and management of Aptiv’s Las Vegas autonomous vehicles.
Michael Fisher, senior vice president and chief digitisation officer of Hertz, said, “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 one million vehicles.”
Hertz also announced that Opal Perry will join the company as executive vice president and chief information officer.