On-line "On the Road" Is a Ford Feature

Ford will offer in-dash computer and battery-powered printer in F-Series pickups.

Ford Motor Company plans to offer an in-dash computer and battery-operated printer in the dash of F-Series pickups and commercial vans beginning with the 2009 model.
The Ford Work Solutions package was unveiled at the Chicago auto show recently, and includes a radio-controlled tool tracking device, a fleet management system, and a lockable storage system for pickup beds.

Ford says the Work Solutions option will be available this fall on 2009 F-150, F-Series Super Duty, and E-Series vans.

Ford's new Work Solutions Program offers owners of F-Series and commercial vans broadband Internet

connectivity with a wireless keyboard and mouse for "paperwork" at the jobsite. The computer system will be available in 2009 models, and includes wireless Internet, navigation, vehicle maintenance tracking, RDI tool tracking and an integrated in-bed security system.

The computer system comes from Magneti Marelli and is powered by Microsoft Auto, providing full high-speed Internet access through the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and navigation by Garmin. The computer will be integrated into the vehicle's center stack in place of the standard radio, and will feature a 6.5-inch, high-resolution touch screen, two gigabytes of memory, additional memory access, a USB port and a wireless keyboard and mouse. The system will allow owners to print invoices, check inventories and access documents stored on their home or office computer networks on the job site.

Other features include:
* Tool Link, a radio-frequency asset tracking system developed in concert with DEWALT, which enables customers to maintain a detailed real-time inventory of tools or equipment stored in the pickup box.
* Crew Chief, a fleet telematics and diagnostics system, which allows small fleet owners to manage their vehicles, quickly dispatch them to worksites, and keep detailed vehicle maintenance records.
* Cable Lock, a security system developed in partnership with Master Lock, to discourage theft of tools too large to fit in the locking cab. The retractable, plastic coated 10 mm cable is housed in a weather-resistant box behind the rear wheelwell near the tailgate. Ford says the Cable Lock system is easily installed on virtually any Ford Pickup truck.

In place of the standard radio installation, the Ford Work Solutions Program will see a 6.5-inch touch high-resolution touch screen computer display in 2009 F-Series pickups and commercial vans.

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