Ford Pro now offers video telematics fully integrated into the Ford Pro Intelligence platform using a windshield-mounted, cloud-connected dashcam from Lytx.  -  Photo: Ford Pro

Ford Pro now offers video telematics fully integrated into the Ford Pro Intelligence platform using a windshield-mounted, cloud-connected dashcam from Lytx.

Photo: Ford Pro

Ford Pro is enhancing its fleet safety and management solutions to give fleet managers more insights about and control over how their vehicles are operated.

New and Improved Solutions in a Single, Integrated Platform 

Ford Pro’s commercial solutions pull connected vehicle data and integrate it seamlessly into the Ford Pro Intelligence platform to arm government fleet managers with a new level of insight about and control over Ford Pro vehicles on the road and when upfitted equipment is in use. 

“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,” Ford Pro Integrated Services General Manager Dave Prusinski said. “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.” 

Ford Pro and Lytx Team Up for Telematics with Dashcam Solution

The driver-facing lens captures behavior such as smoking, drinking, or cell phone usage to observe and potentially help correct and minimize distracted driving.  -  Photo: Ford Pro

The driver-facing lens captures behavior such as smoking, drinking, or cell phone usage to observe and potentially help correct and minimize distracted driving.

Photo: Ford Pro

Ford Pro now offers video telematics fully integrated into the Ford Pro Intelligence platform. The new solution uses a windshield-mounted, cloud-connected dashcam from Lytx, with two lenses to capture road-facing and in-cab footage.

It delivers insights based on the customer’s Ford Pro Telematics subscription level and business needs. That data is stored within the Ford Pro Intelligence platform for 30 days, where fleet customers can retrieve and view it at any moment within that time frame.  

The dashcam’s outward-facing lens records footage that can potentially provide important evidence in the case of an on-the-job incident. It can also capture context related to vehicle alerts or driving events, such as harsh braking to help avoid a road hazard.

This footage can be used to coach drivers on compliant driving habits and potentially strengthen cases against insurance claims, which can prove costly for public sector fleets.

The driver-facing lens captures behavior such as smoking, drinking, or cell phone usage to observe and potentially help correct and minimize distracted driving.

Events like speeding, airbag deployment, or failure to wear a seatbelt will trigger the system to begin recording. The driver can also manually begin a recording when needed. 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of Ford Pro’s next generation of cloud-connected fleet technologies,” Lytx Senior Vice President Adam McCarty said. “Both Ford Pro and Lytx are united in our commitment to help customers optimize their fleet investments, help encourage better driving, and protect against loss. Through continued innovation on our Lytx Vision Platform, we look forward to providing the Ford Pro team with groundbreaking tools to help fleets drive operational excellence.” 

Upfit Integration System Update Helps Fleet Operators Safely Use Equipment

Revealed in 2023 in the U.S., the available Ford Pro Upfit Integration System (UIS) makes upfitting vehicles easy by eliminating the need for aftermarket modules, hard switches, and secondary control panels.  

Coming soon to the Ford Pro UIS is standard Vehicle Motion Inhibit Control. The new feature will allow upfitters to create logic to prevent the vehicle from being shifted into gear while powered upfit equipment, like cranes and lifts, is deployed.

Sub Compartment Lock, another new feature, enables drivers to use a touchscreen button on the SYNC screen, door code, or key fob to lock and unlock compartments in which equipment or cargo is secured. This gives drivers the ability to lock and unlock rear compartments without the use of physical keys.  

Remotely Protect and Disable Vehicles

The Fleet Start Inhibit feature uses embedded vehicle technology and the Ford Pro Telematics dashboard to let fleet managers remotely disable the start on their vehicles.

Managers can create recurring and one-time schedules or send inhibit and de-inhibit commands remotely to secure fleet vehicles from unauthorized use. 

The available Vehicle Security app found in the Ford Pro Fleet Marketplace also allows fleet managers to trigger a vehicle alarm remotely and create security alerts. These include alerts when a vehicle is started away from its last location or when a door is opened during certain time windows. 

Are Your Modems Activated?

Embedded modems have been standard on Ford commercial vehicles since 2020. This connected vehicle technology is powered by the modem embedded in Ford vehicles or Plug-in Devices (PID) on 2015 or older Ford models or non-Ford vehicles.

Activating these modems is essential to accessing these telematics features and realizing their benefits.  

After one customer-- a landscaping business in California-- had an upfitted vehicle full of specialized tools stolen, the Ford Pro team remotely activated the vehicle’s telematics to quickly locate the vehicle and equipment, preventing the potential loss of $200,000 in vehicle and equipment and minimizing business disruption, Ford Pro noted in a news release.

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