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Telematics Solutions for New Fleet Vehicles

By Tim TylerSeptember 1, 2020

In the past getting telematics for your fleet was often a complicated process. Aftermarket hardware installations, rewiring vehicles, downtime, registration of vehicles with your fleet management software, more downtime while staff are trained, and then maybe a system integrator if your software didn’t offer extended features such as routing, dispatch, and work order management.

Phew. No wonder a lot of fleets avoided telematics altogether. Without realizing the full benefits it just seemed like too much work for not enough reward. Ford Telematics powered by Verizon Connect is changing all that.

Say goodbye to aftermarket installation

It wasn't just the cost of getting a specialized installer to wire the vehicle that put fleet owners off aftermarket installs, it was also the “opportunity cost” of having one of their vehicles out of action. The downtime, especially for a small fleet, was something that was avoided at all costs.

While the installation process has been simplified (with some providers offering OBD-II compatible plug-in devices) the problem with these setups is that they can be just as easy to tamper with.

Ford Telematics offers the best of both worlds – no downtime or expense with aftermarket installation but a secure setup that is locked away from tampering or damage from tough working environments.

Simplified setup

Buying your fleet vehicles with telematics built-in saves time and makes the process of adding new assets to your fleet management system simpler.

On delivery of your Ford Telematics vehicles, you just activate them online. That's it – you're done. Within a short time the vehicles will appear on your fleet management dashboard, and you can start reporting on their activity.

Know more. Make better decisions.

One big reason a lot of fleets use Ford Telematics is because of the extra data it provides.

Unique Ford-specific data and DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Codes) allow for more accurate maintenance scheduling, which means less time spent on unnecessary maintenance downtime but also early warnings when servicing is required.

GPS fleet tracking users report positive ROI in less than six months. Get more interesting data points from 2020 Fleet Tracking Trends Report. Download now. 

Other actionable data available with Ford Telematics include seat belt use, reverse gear usage, water detected in the diesel, accurate MPG, oil life % remaining, tire pressure, and airbag alerts.

Fleet savings add up fast

The real test of any solution is in the actual ROI – how much are businesses getting back after implementing the Ford Telematics solution? Some figures provided already highlight the incredible potential of this exciting tool.

  • 15% improvement in fuel economy
  • 20% fewer miles driven (due to improved route planning)
  • 77% reduction in harsh braking (increased safety and reduced liability)
  • 50% reduction in idling time (reduced engine wear and fuel usage)
  • 24% reduction in driving hours (better routing and resource allocation)
  • 15-40% savings on insurance costs

For a lot of fleets, making these savings has been an eye opener. They had no idea the gains that were to be made by using Ford Telematics to improve overall fleet management.

The savings, when multiplied across a fleet of hundreds, or thousands, quickly adds up, returning a very positive ROI.

And it's not just financial savings either. Fleets are improving their clean green image by drastically reducing their carbon footprint – something they love to tell their customers!

Buying additional fleet vehicles? Check out Ford Telematics first

If you're looking to add more vehicles to your fleet then it's an ideal time to consider the benefits of Ford Telematics. This unique solution is supported by over 4,000 licensed Ford dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada and can offer significant financial benefits including finance arrangements that spread the cost of the implementation (including it with the vehicle purchase) as well as the savings to be made in operating costs.

To get started, why not contact your local Ford dealer or register your interest via the website. You'll soon see why it's a smarter way to add vehicles to your fleet.

Tim Tyler

Tim Tyler joined the team in 2015 and is responsible for product positioning and voice of market (VOM) in order to affect the way the marketing team connects and communicates with customers.

Tags: Cost control, Customer Service, Dispatching & Scheduling, Field management, Payroll, Productivity & Efficiency, Routing, Safety, Team Management, Vehicle Maintenance

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