It is true that in any industry, the right connections can open up an abundance of opportunities. And in the automotive space, connectivity is allowing automakers to find new opportunities to drive up in-vehicle purchases among drivers.
Ridecell began offering self-driving vehicle solutions with its acquisition of Auro in October 2017. Auro first developed and operated driverless shuttles for private geo-fenced locations, such as corporate parks and university campuses.
When the platform first rolled out, it was to all appearances a Zipcar competitor. GM set up fleets of cars on university campuses and within residential buildings that could be rented for as little as an hour.
It’s the first launch of its kind in Texas, newly appointed CEO Bijit Halder told VentureBeat in a phone interview. And it follows on the heels of Drive.ai’s summer debut in Frisco, Texas, where it did 107 total rides in its first week of availability.
CarMax, the country's biggest used car retailer, has recently pushed key parts of its sales process offering online so that customers can, if they want to, spend less than half an hour at the actual dealership before leaving with their new car.
It’s an idea that’s already got some adherents in car manufactures like BMW, Volvo and Cadillac, all of which are testing their own auto subscription models that give customers more flexibility to acquire new vehicles.
The TravelCar platform is completely paperless and designed to be used with ease. It is intuitive and ergonomic, allowing novice rental car companies to make their vehicles available to clients in just a few clicks and, allowing the seasoned rental car experts to manage their fleet and prices in real time.