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Toyota is to flog around 10,000 connected cars to vehicle hire biz Avis over the next three years. "Toyota's mobility services platform will provide Avis Budget Group with enhanced connectivity and visibility into their fleet, and bring travellers increased control and convenience over their rental experience," Zack Hicks, …

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Hello Mr Corfield!

"We see that you are exceeding the speed limit in I-95. That will be another $20 per hour excess. We have already billed your credit card for an additional $1,250 to cover your increased rental charge. Have a nice day!"

BB is watching!

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

"We see that you have complied with the speed limit in I-95. That will be another $20 per hour credit. We have already credited your card $1,250 to cover your reduced rental charge. Have a nice day!"

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Insurance companies give no claims credit, why not rental companies?

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

Insurance companies give no claims credit, why not rental companies?

Oh sweet, precious child. Treasure your innocence.

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

Oh sweet, precious child. Treasure your innocence.

In-bleedin'-deed. Not so long ago I obtained another car while still insured. Apparently, your no-claims can't transfer while you have a policy in force, I couldn't transfer that policy because Mrs Chronos was still on the old motor and policy so I had to start from scratch on the new jalopy. My premiums actually went down. 65%? Of what, the respect for our intelligence?

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

If I rent a car from Avis, I have no objection to them observing what I do with it. They have a legitimate interest in that. Fine with me.

If the whole experience is substantially more intrusive or expensive than I bargained for, then I'll patronise some other car rental service instead. Avis doesn't have a monopoly. (And it's hard to see how overcharging or mistreating their customers will help them to acquire one.)

What's the problem?

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'Oh sweet, precious child. Treasure your innocence'

As condescending and amusing as this comment is, it doesn't address the issue.

Companies discount or load their services costs based on multiple criteria and the market. Fact.

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

"What's the problem?"

All the other rental companies realise Avis are coining it in by selling on all that data and so they copy the model in 3...2...1....

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Re: Hello Mr Corfield!

@John Brown: And when every car rental company is abusing and gouging its customers...

... then I'll start my own car rental company, in which I'll use the data to protect myself from losses by charging drivers correctly, rather than random gouging.

If you want to abuse an incumbent position, you need high barriers to entry. Those don't exist in the car rental business. If you think you can do better than Avis? - Go nuts. Start now. There's literally nothing to stop you.

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If you don't know who the sucker is...

...It is probably you.

This applies in Poker as well as online stuff. One must be very aware.

Note to self: Don't use the self service checkouts unless you get a discount.

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Hope your information is in Cyrillic so the Russian mob won't have to work as hard.

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Riding someone else's aaS gives them several opportunities to make money out of you.

Whilst shafting you as well by slurping your preciouses data?

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Riding someone else's aaS

Kudos for the phrase. :-)

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