Ford Commercial Solutions in Dearborn today launched Ford Telematics, a web-based software platform and subscription service designed to give fleet managers easy access to important connected vehicle data.
A division of Ford Mobility, Ford Commercial Solutions helps fleets improve their operational effectiveness by offering manufacturer-grade connected vehicle data and information verified by Ford engineers.
Through Ford Telematics, commercial vehicle customers can monitor their fleets with GPS tracking and geofencing, get live vehicle health alerts to plan and limit downtime, set reminders for vehicle service, analyze driver behavior, and help manage fuel usage to potentially reduce costs.
“Fleet operators and managers are always looking for better ways to improve their business, but they can only do that if they have the right data at hand,” says Michelle Moody, director of Ford Commercial Solutions. “Ford Telematics not only puts that essential information right at their fingertips, its intuitive interface and mobile companion app for drivers make it even easier to process all that data – meaning businesses can focus on what they do best: serving their customers.”
Ford is offering six months of complimentary access to Ford Telematics on qualified commercial vehicle purchases from now through July 31 on 2020 and 2021 modem-equipped vehicles. Customers can learn more about Ford Telematics and confirm eligible purchases by visiting here.
The Ford Telematics Drive mobile app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Ford Telematics takes advantage of Ford vehicles’ built-in modems to transfer data directly from the vehicle to the cloud, and to connect seamlessly with its platform – without the need for additional aftermarket hardware, third-party management, or installation downtime. Factory-fitted modems are integrated deep into the architecture of Ford vehicles, enabling the company to engineer the vehicle, the data signals, and the modem in tandem to maximize the depth and breadth of data used to develop new solutions for fleet customers.
In Related News: Linxup, a Missouri-based brand of GPS tracking for small- and medium-sized service businesses, announces that it is an authorized Ford Data Services provider, integrating Ford vehicle data into its telematics software.
The integration allows fleets operating with participating Ford vehicles to access Linxup’s system for real-time location tracking and geofencing, speed and idling alerts, driver behavior reports, and maintenance tracking. Using Ford’s built-in vehicle modem eliminates the need to install additional wired or OBD hardware to access GPS data.
“We believe customers should have the power of choice to get manufacturer-grade vehicle data from the provider of their choosing,” says Moody. “Working with Linxup provides fleets with connected Ford vehicles an excellent option to access their vehicle data from Ford’s integrated modem to manage their fleets.”
With more than 43,000 customers tracking over 184,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment, Linxup assists with productivity and efficiency for fleet-based companies in more than 40 industries. In the last year, Linxup’s customers have tracked 6.5 billion driving miles, created 564 million alerts for speeding, harsh braking, geofenced locations, and identified $131 million in wasted fuel while idling. These real-time data points help Linxup’s customers reduce costs, improve safety and compliance, prevent theft, and boost productivity.
“We’re always seeking ways to make software solutions simpler,” says Naeem Bari, co-founder and president of Linxup. “Integrating with Ford’s built-in technology eliminates the need for even our easiest hardware installation and gets actionable data into the hands of our customers.”
Customers with 2020 or newer Ford vehicles can contact Linxup at 877-732-4980 or email email@example.com.