- Ford Telematics powered by Telogis can help customers reduce fuel costs by up to 20 per cent*
- Real-time information tracks vehicle location, fuel consumption, driver behaviour, and safety and maintenance alerts
- Ford Telematics offers fleets direct access to vehicle diagnostic data, further reducing costs, improving driver safety and optimising operations
- Ford Telematics will debut at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show, Birmingham
Ford is introducing its latest real-time telematics system in the UK , operated and powered by Telogis, which will help improve fleet efficiency, including potential fuel cost reductions of up to 20 per cent.
Ford Telematics uses real-time information streamed from each vehicle to enable fleet managers to track vehicle location, fuel consumption, driver behaviour, and provide safety and maintenance alerts.
This innovative fleet management system offers businesses direct access to vehicle diagnostic information, providing increased opportunities to control costs and improve driver safety. Vehicle operators can now plan maintenance schedules that correspond to real-time vehicle health status, and receive notice for unplanned servicing to minimise downtime, lower potential repair costs and increase overall productivity.
Making its debut at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show, Ford Telematics will be available to fleet customers in May as a dealer-installed option, offered through Ford’s network of specialist Transit Centres.
“Ford Telematics is an innovative way to deliver reductions in cost of ownership for businesses that operate Ford’s Transit commercial vehicles,” said Paul McDermott, manager, CV aftersales, Ford of Britain. “Real-time vehicle location and diagnostic data provides fleet customers with a powerful tool to manage their vehicles more effectively and also encourage safer driving.”
Ford Telematics functions by securely transmitting vehicle data and metrics from the vehicle to a dedicated Telogis website via an embedded cellular connection. The telematics system’s ability to access proprietary Ford vehicle data enables operators to track details such as oil change warnings, water contamination in diesel fuel, tyre pressure, safety belt usage and airbag status.
“The reality of being able to see field staff and the performance of each Ford vehicle – all on one screen – is here,” said Paul Reynolds, automotive director at Telogis. “This visibility enables Ford commercial vehicle operators to provide better service for their customers and to run their businesses more productively and efficiently – it’s no longer a ‘nice to have’ but a ‘have to have’ solution.”
Based on the real-time data, the Ford Telematics powered by Telogis software platform delivers a comprehensive range of actionable business information that enables fleet managers to operate their vehicles in the most efficient way and to help ensure drivers are following safe and economical driving practices.
In the real-world application of telematics systems, fleet operators report fuel savings of up to 20 per cent resulting from optimised vehicle usage and driving routes, and improved driving behaviour, as well as benefits to driver safety and vehicle durability.
Further advances include a suite of more than 80 pre-loaded reports, integration with established business operating systems and fuel card services. Ford Telematics and the Telogis platform also allow for a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach, all helping to further reduce hardware costs and increase productivity.
Ford Telematics is compatible with Ford’s latest range of Transit commercial vehicles – including the all-new Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier – as well as the Ford Ranger pickup. Additionally, the same Telogis hardware can be fitted to any other vehicle on the fleet, regardless of manufacturer, allowing fleet managers to view the whole fleet in one place, with all the usual driver performance and vehicle tracking information that they expect.
Ford Telematics also provides a gateway to the broader cloud-based Telogis platform that includes a suite of connected vehicle technologies including route optimisation and planning, commercial-grade navigation, work order management and mobile applications to drive additional efficiencies and productivity for mobile enterprises.
“Ford Telematics is another example of smart technology leadership helping our customers to achieve the highest quality, safest and most sustainable operation of commercial vehicles available today,” said Nick Themistocleous, director, Fleet Operations, Ford of Britain.
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* Benefits of Fleet Management Systems – Frost & Sullivan 2012