Ford Work Solutions delivers four innovative features:
1.. An in-dash computer developed with Magneti Marelli and powered by Microsoft Auto that provides full high-speed Internet access via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, Bluetooth-enabled Hands Free Calling and navigation by Garmin. It is the first broadband-capable in-dash computer in production. This system allows customers to print invoices, check inventories and access documents stored on their home or office computer networks - right on the job site.
2. Tool Link, a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system developed in partnership with DeWalt (maker of professional power tools), and ThingMagic (an expert on embedded RFID technology). This technology enables customers to maintain a detailed real-time inventory of the tools or equipment stored in the pickup box.
3. Crew Chief, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system, allows small fleet owners to efficiently manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch workers to job sites, monitor driver performance and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records.
4. Cable Lock security system developed in partnership with Master Lock to discourage theft of expensive tools too large to fit in the cab.
"Our truck customers are smart and they work hard," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "Ford Work Solutions provides truck customers new technologies and tools to help them work even smarter and further boost their productivity."
"Ford Work Solutions takes productivity to a new level by bringing the office to the job site in an integrated, seamless way that only Ford could deliver - with a strong network of industry-leading partners," said John Felice, general marketing manager, Ford Division.
Ford Work Solutions features were developed through hands-on research with contractors and skilled tradespeople in multiple markets around the country.
All four Ford Work Solutions technologies are available on the new 2009 Ford F-150 XL, STX, XLT trucks; F-Series Super Duty XL, XLT and FX4 trucks; and all 2009 E-Series vans. The 2010 Transit Connect van joins the lineup in mid-2009, and will be available with Ford Work Solutions in-dash offerings. Several of the features will be available at a later date for dealer installation to upgrade Ford Trucks already in service.