Ford has announced the launch of the new FordPass Pro app, which is an offshoot of the consumer FordPass app that added parking assistance a few years ago. The FordPass Pro app is a way to allow businesses to keep connected vehicles safe, secure, and running efficiently. The app enables companies to remotely lock, check vehicle health, book a service, and view the locations of up to five vehicles in a single view.
The app offers a Check-In feature that lets the fleet manager or owner see information about each vehicle, such as AdBlue levels, so they know when the vehicle needs a refill. Vehicle location is shown on the app, so the user knows where the vehicles are at the start and end of the day. The location service also helps to find vehicles in busy car parks or work locations.
The app allows the remote locking and unlocking of vehicles allowing independent security for the cabin and load compartments. A Vehicle Health section gives vehicle health indicators like fuel level, oil life, and tire pressure. An alarm notification window allows the owner to see if any of the vehicles have alarms that were triggered.
The FordPass Pro app also lets the user remotely start engines in the vehicles, so the rides are warm, de-iced, and ready to work for morning shifts. The app will also alert the owner of any activity with their van, even if the van is unlocked with a key. The app is available for iPhone and Android for users in the U.K., Germany, Spain, Italy, and France. More markets will be added in the future. Ford notes that larger fleets will continue to be supported with Telematics and Data Services from Ford Commercial Solutions.