February 6, 2008

Garmin Deal with Ford Trucks

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Garmin has announced a deal that has them working with Ford to add navigation, among other things to the new herd of Ford trucks coming to Dealers starting this Fall. The deal is part of a modernization and toughening of Ford Trucks to deal with the fact that they are mobile offices for so many workers on the job site. With Ford Work Solutions, a broad umbrella term for the launch, you will have in-dash computer capability, a digital system for keeping track of tools (RFID), and a cable in the bed that you can lock your tools to.

Ford Work Solutions will be available this fall on the 2009 F-150, F-Series Super Duty pickups, and E-Series vans. Transit Connect vans join Ford truck’s commercial vehicle lineup with this technology in mid-2009.

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Garmin International today announced that its navigation technology will be available in Ford’s new 2009 F-150, F-Series Super Duty pickups, and commercial E-Series vans, designed to make business owners more productive and successful. The relationship was announced today at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show.

Garmin will provide the navigation component for Ford Work Solutions, a collection of affordable technologies –including four industry-first features – that will provide Ford customers connectivity, flexibility and security to better run key aspects of their business – from their Ford Truck, even on the job site.

Garmin’s navigation offers the same easy-to-use “Where to?” and “View map” touchscreen interface found on its traditional navigation devices. Users can quickly search and route to addresses or nearly six million points of interest like restaurants, hotels, attractions, gas stations and more – and then receive turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to their destination. If drivers miss a turn, the system automatically recalculates the route.

An integrated in-dash computer provides full high-speed internet access, which enables users to access powerful Garmin Online services. This real-time internet data service offers time-saving information like traffic conditions, weather, and nearby fuel prices. Garmin also provides a customized database of Ford dealerships and Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers. The in-dash computer system also allows users to print invoices, check inventories and access documents stored on their home or office computer networks – right on the job site.

Ford Work Solutions will be available this fall on the 2009 F-150, F-Series Super Duty pickups, and E-Series vans. Transit Connect vans join Ford truck’s commercial vehicle lineup with this technology in mid-2009.

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Posted by Scott Martin at February 6, 2008 10:50 PM

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