What is Ford Pro Telematics?

If you’ve ever considered buying a new Ford truck or van, you’ve probably seen the Ford Telematics option. Most of us have no idea, or even use, the system in our own truck. But for fleet managers and commercial drivers, it’s a smart way to track vehicles, monitor fuel consumption, identify waste, and even protect drivers. This month, Ford also updated the service with new options.

What does Ford Pro Telematics do?

Ford Pro Telematics dashboard | Ford

Ford Telematics helps fleet managers and drivers track vehicles, monitor driving, and monitor the status of a truck or van. The system aims to help reduce the cost of operating a fleet and improve safety through an application that monitors many systems in a vehicle, from acceleration and braking to engine life. oil. Of course, Ford isn’t the only company to offer the system, and there are dozens of aftermarket systems available that fleet managers can use. According to FordAuthority, subscriptions to the service increased by 40% in the second quarter of 2022.

It is available in two versions, Essentials, which comes with every vehicle in the Ford fleet, and Ford Pro Telematics, which offers GPS tracking, driver behavior and more. The system can also be added to non-Ford vehicles or older vehicles through a plug-in device. The base system only offers vehicle health alerts and maintenance tracking with the option to schedule maintenance at your dealership. Pro service is $20 per month, per vehicle. In the recently updated system, managers can track registrations, so no driver is arrested for having an expired tag, and even update registrations online.

Ford Telematics offers GPS fleet tracking

A driver using the Ford Telematics app
A driver using the Ford Telematics app

Have you ever wondered how UPS knows if a driver is on his way to drop off your Amazon package? GPS tracking shows where a vehicle is and where it is going. With the Pro version, you get real-time location and event tracking for your entire fleet. The system can also display empty distance or charging status, and can direct a driver to the nearest charging location.

Ford Pro Telematics tracks vehicle maintenance needs

2022 Ford E-Transit All Electric Cargo Van driving past a construction site
2022 Ford E-Transit | The Ford Motor Company

Ford calls them vehicle health alerts, but the alerts tell you if a truck or van needs an oil change, if there’s a factory recall, or even if a warning light , such as the check engine light, comes on. You can see, for example, planned maintenance schedules and you can even connect to your local dealer.

For electric vehicles like the E-Transit or F-150 Lightning, it can show how long the vehicle has been on charge, the average power it uses or needs, and the trend and spending of charge.

It is designed to simplify the use of electric vehicles

Buying an electric vehicle like this Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck requires charging
The Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck | Ford

The system is designed to maximize the potential of electric vehicles. If a vehicle is not plugged in properly, for example, you may receive an alert. If you forgot to plug it in at night, you can also receive an alert. When a vehicle is plugged in, the system can adjust the climate inside to be warm in cold weather or cool in hot weather when the driver rides, say, an F-150 Lightning.

For gasoline vehicles, the system can monitor your fuel consumption and idling time. If drivers leave a vehicle running while delivering a package, for example, that may not be a big deal. But, if the vehicle is idling for hours or for long periods of time, it can spot them and identify ways to improve efficiency.

The system monitors drivers

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Not everyone is a fan of driver behavior information. Ford calls it “coaching” and the system can track hard braking or emergency stops, acceleration and even speeding. Sure, it can help identify drivers who treat every red light as if it were a drag race, but it can also help you plan a route that doesn’t require dozens of stops and departures. It can even count the number of “seatbelt unfastening events” and help drivers set goals to stay buckled up more often.

A driver’s behavior is put into a dashboard that displays events, such as downtime. Additionally, a fleet manager can receive an alert if a driver leaves a predefined area with the geofencing feature.

Drivers also receive an app

Drivers can also download an app that can help them troubleshoot issues with their truck or van. The app allows drivers to log issues like a cracked windshield or a broken mirror. It can also provide a pre-trip checklist for drivers, so they know the vehicle they’re getting into hasn’t been beaten up by the previous driver. So if you find a dented fender or a broken button, you can write it down before you go.

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