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Ford Pickups, Vans to Feature In-Dash Computers

February 07, 2008

CHICAGO --- Ford is further expanding its "smart" features for truck customers, announcing a collection of technologies for F-Series trucks and commercial E-Series vans that will help make business owners more productive and successful.

Ford Work Solutions delivers four innovative features:

-- 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 and navigation by Garmin. 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.

-- Tool Link, a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system developed in partnership with DEWALT and ThingMagic. This enables customers to maintain a detailed real-time inventory of the tools or equipment stored in the pickup box.

-- Crew Chief, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system, which allows small fleet owners to efficiently manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch workers to job sites and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records.

-- 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."

F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 31 years. Ford Work Solutions adds still another dimension of capability for commercial truck owners.

All four Ford Work Solutions will be available this fall on the new 2009 Ford F-150 XL, STX, XLT and FX4 trucks; F-Series Super Duty XL, XLT and FX4 trucks; and all 2009 E-Series vans. Transit Connect vans join the lineup in mid-2009. In time, several of the features will be available for dealer installation to upgrade Ford Trucks already in service. 

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