Ford announces new LCV telematics package

LCV market-leader, Ford is bringing two new connected vehicle solutions to European fleet customers in early 2019.

Through its Ford Commercial Solutions (FCS) unit, Ford is developing a range of connected solutions to enable fleet customers to manage their vehicles more easily and conveniently.

Ford Telematics will provide fleet operators with the ability to view data from connected Ford vehicles in its fleet through the Ford Telematics application. Using information collected from the vehicle, an intuitive web-based portal provides useful insights to help improve fleet efficiency and driver safety, enabling fleet owners, managers and employees to view fleets in near real-time and gain rapid insights into fleet performance.

The company has also launched Ford Data Services, which gives large company fleets telematics service providers and fleet management companies direct access to valuable OEM-grade vehicle data, which can be combined with external telematics systems favoured by some fleets.

With Ford vehicles’ build-in modem, Ford Data Services transfers vehicle data directly from the vehicle to the cloud without the need for additional third-party hardware, management or installation downtime. From there, the vehicle data is relayed to the fleet’s internal IT system or third-party provider.

“Today’s fleets are under huge pressure to deliver safe, efficient and legal operations,” said Dave Phatak, director of Ford Commercial Solutions, Europe. “That is why we are developing a range of connectivity-based solutions for our fleet customers to allow them to focus on what matters most: running their business.”

Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services are the first new products from the FCS business in Europe, a unit within Ford Smart Mobility.

Ford has already stated that, by 2020, it will provide connectivity across its entire vehicle range in Europe. Ford says it will launch Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services in Europe in the spring of 2019, arriving in the U.K. and Germany first with further markets to follow. Both services will be compatible with the latest range of Ford commercial vehicles.