Stay Connected in Your Ford Fleet Vehicles
Ford Commercial Solutions is introducing two products aimed at helping fleets access useful data about their vehicles. These new features are part of Ford’s ongoing commitment to deliver 100 percent connectivity across its vehicle lineup. Ford created them to make it easier to maintain commercial vehicles’ data and share accessibility when needed.
The first product is Data Services, and it allows fleet managers and telematics service providers direct access to valuable OEM-grade vehicle data so they can better manage their fleets. Ford designed the second product for police fleets. It takes data collected through the Data Services product and condenses it into information that can improve fleet efficiency and driver behavior.
A business unit of Ford Smart Mobility, Ford Commercial Solutions’ objective is to help fleets improve their operational effectiveness by offering OEM-grade data verified by Ford engineers, such as fuel use and vehicle-health alerts. The Transportation Mobility Cloud, an open platform that manages information flow to and from Ford vehicles’ embedded modems, facilitates both new products.
“Business owners and operators want to serve their customers, not spend excessive time managing their fleets,” said Lee Jelenic, CEO, Ford Commercial Solutions. “Our goal is to unlock the data from their vehicles to provide them with more effective ways to manage their fleets and improve operations. “Our new products are tailored to serve fleets of all types, whether they’re run by law enforcement, composed predominantly of Ford vehicles, or are large multi-make fleets that want more insight from their Ford vehicles.”
An Easier Way to Manage Data
Data Services helps large company fleets, telematics service providers, and fleet-management companies. Using Ford vehicles’ built-in modem, it transfers data from the vehicle into the cloud without additional third-party hardware. It also means there installation requires no downtime, so there are no interruptions in the vehicle’s day-to-day operation. Lastly, the vehicle relays its data to a fleet’s internal IT system or telematics service provider through an application program interface.
With all this, fleets can track vehicles, mileage, and fuel usage with better efficiency, and the vehicle will provide the driver with maintenance alerts and more. Since Ford designed it – including its electrical architecture, data systems and vehicle technology – it can provide the newest updates and vehicle signals as soon as they become available, and deliver insights when businesses need them.
“Fleets told us they want to be able to choose how to best manage their fleets,” said Jelenic. “Our agreements with different service providers, coupled with the new products we are introducing, allow us to offer this.”
Better Tools for Law Enforcement
Ford Commercial Solutions’ second product is a new fleet-information tool designed to support law-enforcement fleets. This tool uses information collected through the Data Services product and distills it to provide police fleets with insights that help improve fleet efficiency and driver behavior. The application translates information flowing from Ford vehicles into insights on fuel usage, carbon-dioxide emissions, vehicle health and seatbelt usage.
The fleet shares the data through an intuitive website that provides law-enforcement operators an easy way to check how their fleet, or a particular vehicle, is operating.
Fleets with Ford vehicles that don’t have modems can take advantage of both Ford Commercial Solutions products later this year when a Ford-engineered plug-in device enables fleets to connect 2012 and newer Ford vehicles.
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