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MapmyIndia has tied-up with Avis Car Rental to implement its Integrated Dispatch Solution in all of Avis’ cars. According to the company, the solution will allow Avis to offer better customer experience and security, while increasing Avis’ operational efficiency.

The solution will equip all Avis cabs with Android tablets connected back to Avis servers. The platform supports features like geofencing, live positioning, alert reports about movement, undue stoppage, billing etc, vehicle status including free, stopped, moving or occupied and historical data replay. All details are then communicated back to Avis servers.

All drivers of chauffeur driven cars will also be provided with tablets. This enables drivers to login to Avis and fetch trip details, view assigned jobs and accept or reject them, update status on pick-up or drop-off and automatically calculate the best route using GPS. The solution claims it will also monitor driver behaviour, ride quality, booking and security.

Note that just last month, MapmyIndia partnered with VE Commercial Vehicles for enabling connected school buses. That partnership was similar to the current one, although there are differences in that system targeted at letting parents keep track of kids.

As we have said before, such partnerships are part of a trend we are going to see as connected devices start becoming a norm. Companies that traditionally offer offline services, such as in transportation, healthcare etc, will tie up with online services to build various connected services. In July, we also saw Vodafone partner with Diabetacare to bring its diabetes monitoring service online, another example of such a partnership for connected devices.

Other developments:

– In March, MapmyIndia launched its Map API, a decade after Google Maps launched its own solution. The APIs are REST (HTTP/JSON) and JavaScript based and hence support app development across web, mobile and cloud platforms.

– Over the past year, MapmyIndia has been looking to increase the adoption of its location based services. In December the company expanded its partnership with Tata Motors to provide GPS navigation in Tata’s hatchback car Bolt. The company had also entered into similar agreements with BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover, Honda, Tata, Maruti and others over the past few years.

– MapmyIndia released a new version of its maps with improved predictive search, improved map data and better regional coverage last year, along with NaviMaps App for Android and an iOS version of the same app.

– The company also launched various Android-based entertainment systems the same year, including a rear seat entertainment device called Buzz, the AVIC-F60BT navigation unit in partnership with Pioneer, a connected in-dash navigation and entertainment system called ICENAV 701 and the Android based infotainment system called Android 2-Din.

Image source: Flickr user Jeffrey Beall