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Ford adds two new connected products

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Ford is introducing two products designed to help fleets easily access useful data about their vehicles.

Its division Ford Commercial Solutions says its new Data Services product gives fleet managers and telematics service providers direct access to OEM-grade vehicle data, allowing them to better manage their fleets, while a second product designed for police fleets takes data collected through the Data Services product and distills it into information that it says can help improve fleet efficiency and driver behaviour

“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.”

Ford says the Data Services product focuses primarily on serving large company fleets, telematics service providers and fleet management companies and the service takes advantage of Ford vehicles’ built-in modem to transfer vehicle data directly from the vehicle to the cloud, without the need for additional third-party hardware, management or installation downtime, as is required for a third-party plug-in device. The vehicle data is relayed to a fleet’s internal IT system or telematics service provider through an application program interface.

Fleets can gain access to Ford vehicle information such as GPS location, mileage, fuel use data, vehicle health alerts, driver behaviour and more.

Meanwhile the fleet information tool designed to support law enforcement fleets uses information collected through the Data Services product and distills it to provide police fleets with insights that can help improve fleet efficiency and driver behaviour. Ford says the application translates information flowing from their vehicles into insights on fuel usage, carbon dioxide emissions, vehicle health and driver seatbelt usage.

That data is shared through an intuitive website that provides law enforcement operators with an easy way to check how their fleet, or a particular vehicle, is operating.

Ford says legacy vehicles can take advantage of both solutions later this year, when a plug-in device will enable fleets to connect Ford vehicles dating back to the 2012 model year.


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