Ford has introduced its new Ford Telematics fleet management, a program it says will “help fleets run more efficient operations and better serve their customers.” The next-generation platform, previously known as Crew Chief, sees the addition of new features and analytics and will be available all over the world.
A series of cloud-based applications in the program allow Ford Telematics users to have more insight into employees’ workday and current status. A mobile connectivity feature connects managers with workers in the field to coordinate Department of Transportation compliances and more, while data reporting services and workflow and information gateways make day-to-day operations easier.
“Commercial trucks have to be more than delivery boxes on wheels, and innovations like Ford Telematics are critical to helping our fleet customers succeed,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president of Global Product Development. “Ford, in coordination with Telogis, is leading the development of smart solutions for hardworking fleets so they can maximize their operations to better serve their customers.”
The new telematics system can also provide the driver with in-cab alerts when they accelerate or brake too hard or are speeding, share fuel management reports with supervisors and monitor driver behavior through ready-to-use dashboards. Ford says the system can be financed along with the purchase of a fleet vehicle and is covered under a 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty.
Ford Telematics will soon be ready-to-order for American and Canadian customers, available on 2009 or newer Super Duty and F-150 pickups, Transit and Transit Connect vans, E-Series vans,Police Interceptor Explorer and Taurus and eventually, the 2016 F-650 and F-750.