Ford connects to Webfleet’s OEM.connect to boost fleet performance
Webfleet, a leading fleet management solutions provider owned by Bridgestone, has added Ford to its OEM.connect programme to provide integrated telematics solutions.
By joining the OEM.connect programme, American auto giant Ford will bypass the in-vehicle hardware installation process for its connected passenger cars and vans, directly accessing OEM.connect to utilise telematics technology. All that is needed to connect vehicles to the OEM.connect is the vehicle identification number (VIN).
Already adopted by several major European car manufacturers, OEM.connect supports fleet managers to maximise their fleet efficiency and take complete control over operational costs through standard Webfleet applications, including performance reporting and fuel consumption. Used through Webfleet’s mobile apps, OEM.connect provides real-time fleet tracking and management, from tyre pressure warnings to driver safety notifications and an archive of recorded fleet data, enabling fleet managers to extract vital insights from previous operations.
The rapid adaptation of OEM.connect is no surprise, as Webfleet revealed that commercial fleets could save up to 15 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle by utilising telematics in its first Electrifying Data report, published last year.
The OEM data gathered by Webfleet is also crucial in supporting fleet managers to optimise fleet efficiency, reduce costs and build up a much safer and greener fleet. The privacy of data is assured by ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified service.
“This cooperation underlines how important telematics data is for fleets and how pooling expertise will accelerate and improve the application of this technology”, says Taco van der Leij, Vice President of Webfleet Europe.
Ford vehicles can access OEM.connect in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy, the UK, Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, to be launched in other countries in future.
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