Vehicle fleet management has begun to see huge advancements with the introduction of continually connected fleets. The Ford Motor Company has been incorporating technology for fleet vehicles in their products that can monitor vehicle and driver data and transmit it to the cloud. Through Ford Commercial Solutions, the company can help fleets access important information about their vehicles.
Given Ford’s long history with building commercial vehicles, the development of automotive connectivity is what they believe is the next step in advancing the needs of fleet operators who use their vehicles.
Ford’s goal with their technology for fleet vehicles is to help fleets improve their operations by offering OEM-grade data which is verified by Ford engineers for information such as fuel usage and other vehicle maintenance notifications. These are made possible with the use of their Transportation Mobility Cloud service which manages the data pertaining to the vehicles and enables two-way communication between vehicles and fleet operators.
Autonomic, LLC, an acquired subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility, LLC, is the company that will build and operate the Transportation Mobility Cloud. It is the first open, cloud-based platform that will connect vehicles, drivers, and fleet operators together and help modernize fleet management services with an industry standard approach.
“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’s goal is to help large fleet operations work more efficiently with their Ford vehicles because of their built-in communications modems which makes data transmission and synchronization seamless and easy without the need for additional hardware. An internal IT system takes care of the data handling responsibilities and the telematics service provider handles the application interface.
Because Ford designed their vehicles with connectivity in mind, they are much more effective in delivering the latest updates to their vehicles as soon as they become available. The data from these vehicles also helps them deliver valuable insights to their customers and swiftly address their business needs.
Fleet companies will have the option to choose the telematics service provider that best suits their situation. “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.”
Law enforcement agencies have been given a unique service tailored for their operations. It can transmit data such as fuel use, CO2 emissions, vehicle metrics, and seatbelt usage. All this data is processed by the law enforcement fleet operator and provides a real-time update on their fleet vehicles with regards to their location, their effective mileage, and other mission-critical data.
Older Ford models have not been forgotten. The company is developing a plug-in device that can provide the same services to Ford vehicles that date back to as early as the 2012 model year.
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