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Enterprise Holdings signs deal with GM to add 100,000 connected cars in 2019

Crawford Group Inc.-owned Enterprise Holdings Inc. entered a partnership with General Motors Co. to boost its fleet of connected cars.

Enterprise, which owns car rental brands Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car, began piloting its connectivity platform with GM in 2018, with a goal of adding more than 100,000 connected Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles to its fleet during the next 12 months, according to a Dec. 12 news release.

Enterprise's executive vice president and COO Christine Taylor said that they will continue to adopt technology solutions to make the process of renting cars easier for their customers.

The Missouri-headquartered vehicle rental firm said connected vehicles can automate a number of tasks such as checking fuel quantities, vehicle condition and odometer readings, which will help make the rental experience easier. Connected vehicles will soon expedite the renting and returning of vehicles for customers at neighborhood and airport Enterprise, National and Alamo locations, the release said.

Enterprise said GM's connected vehicles will be equipped with the latest connected fleet technology such as Apple Inc.'s Apple CarPlay, Alphabet Inc.'s Android Auto, as well as additional features such as emergency services, crisis assistance, automatic crash response, and remote lock/unlock will also be added, the release said.