Ford Pro, a business within Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, is introducing Ford Pro Intelligence Telematics Essentials, a complimentary web-based application for commercial customers that provides data services designed to boost fleet productivity and uptime.
“No matter how big or small a commercial fleet may be — and whether it’s fully electric or not – vehicle data plays an important role in improving uptime and efficiency,” says Brent West, general manager of Ford Pro Intelligence. “Both Ford Pro E-Telematics and Ford Pro Telematics Essentials provide fleet managers with key information and abilities through an intuitive interface — at no additional charge.”
The application allows fleet managers to operate more efficiently by providing instant odometer readings, diagnostic trouble codes, recall notifications, trackable maintenance alerts, and information around engine hours and oil life.
It also relays warning lights so that fleet managers can resolve issues faster and avoid costly repairs. The information is conveyed through a dashboard on a computer that makes it easy to see where the fleet stands without relying on drivers to report issues.
Ford plans to continue improvements to the Telematics Essentials. The most recent feature, added in October, allows fleet managers to search for dealers and schedule maintenance services via a link from the telematics dashboard after an alert is received.
Ford Pro is committed to making the transition to electric vehicles, such as the E-Transit and F-150 Lightning Pro, easy for fleets with Ford Pro E-Telematics. Fleet operators can now sign up to receive three years of complimentary access to this service, which is designed to help manage their electric vehicle fleet and effectively control energy use costs with charging insights.
The scheduled preconditioning feature allows owners to bring the cabin to a desired temperature when vehicles are connected to the grid. The helps preserve battery charge of the road. Customers can use the platform to pay for public charging events centrally and to reimburse employees for home charging — all designed with fraud protection in mind.
Ford Pro Intelligence is part of Ford Pro. Formerly known as Ford Commercial Solutions, Ford Pro Intelligence is committed to delivering digital services with distinct, integrated features that enable customers to better manage and maintain their fleets.