Connected vehicles are entering the fast lane of car rental. Familiar to corporate fleet managers, the concept uses telematics for two-way communications between vehicles and operations management. It underpins many of the new services coming to an evolving ground transport sector.

Connected fleets promise speedier vehicle pick-up and return. Geofenced vehicles immediately communicate fuel level, mileage and necessary maintenance. Providers' apps will let travelers remotely unlock doors and flash the lights. They soon will direct drivers to parking options and gas stations. They will alert drivers to nearby restaurants and relevant points of interest. Onboard systems will connect . . .

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