The Blue Oval’s dedicated commercial entity – Ford Pro – has expanded rapidly since its launch, adding a bevy of new products and services along the way. Aside from teaming up with ADT to create a new venture called Canopy that makes and sells pickup security cameras, Ford Pro has also launched its new Upfit Integration System, teamed up with Xcel Energy to expand its EV charging reach, and revealed its newest Series 2 chargers late last summer. Now, Ford Pro has once again expanded its list of offerings in a variety of ways.
This list includes the division’s recently-launched Upfit Integration System (UIS), which will soon add standard Vehicle Motion Inhibit Control – a feature that enables upfitters to create logic to prevent the vehicle from being shifted into gear while powered upfit equipment is deployed. Additionally, a new feature called Fleet Start Inhibit uses embedded vehicle technology and the Ford Pro Telematics dashboard to let fleet managers remotely disable the ability to start their vehicles.
Ford Pro is also now offering video telematics that are fully integrated into its Intelligence platform. The new solution uses a windshield-mounted, cloud-connected dashcam from Lytx to capture road-facing and in-cab footage. It delivers insights based on the customer’s Telematics subscription level and business needs, storing that data for 30 days, enabling customers to retrieve and view it at any point within that time frame.
“Fleet managers have more to deal with than ever – managing fleets, maximizing uptime, and minimizing the risks of accidents to drivers, vehicles, and their business,” said Dave Prusinski, general manager of Ford Pro Integrated Services. “Ford Pro Intelligence, now with video telematics, gives fleet managers more visibility and control over what’s happening inside the cabin and on the road. It’s like having a coach in the passenger seat.”