Chicago 2008: Ford introduces Work Solutions in-dash computer package for F-150 [w/VI

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  1. August Burns

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    The most basic element of the Work Solutions package is CableLock, which was developed with MasterLock. CableLock is a retractable locking cable mounted into the bed of the truck to keep equipment from walking away. The system uses a eight-foot-long, plastic-sheathed 10mm braided steel cable. It can be wrapped around tool boxes, compressors and anything else that might be left in the bed.

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    Next up is an in-dash computer running Windows CE that makes other interesting features possible. The computer fits in a standard double-din audio slot and has a 6.5-inch touch screen. Since many such trucks are used in "off-road" construction scenarios, the computer only has flash memory instead of a spinning hard drive, making it more robust in these environments. Aside from the 2GB built in, more storage can be added via a USB port on the front face of the unit or an SD memory card slot.

    The computer also has built in bluetooth and EVDO wireless broadband provided by Sprint. In addition to the connectivity, the system also includes GPS guts provided by Garmin, so that drivers can figure where they are and how to get to their next job site.

    One of the applications that runs on the computer is called Tool Link, which was developed with DeWalt and ThingMagic. The Tool Link system uses a pair of radio frequency identification (RFID) readers in the bed tied to an application on the computer. The Tool Link application allows the user to create lists of tools for different jobs. Passive RFID tags can be applied to every tool and the readers sense when these tools are put in the truck. Selecting a particular job list will notify the user if all the necessary tools are on board to make sure the owner doesn't head out to a job without the necessary tools and also doesn't leave anything behind at the end of the day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRCZD9ExR80

    The CrewChief application is a telematics application that lets managers and dispatchers keep track of where their trucks are so they can make better decisions about who to assign to what jobs. CrewChief also notifies the managers about the mileage on other vehicles and transmits diagnostic information so that these vehicles can be brought in for service when needed.

    A remote desktop application also lets the user access a computer at home or the office to get or update job information. With an optional bluetooth printer and wireless keyboard, they can even print out invoices on the spot. If access to additional service manuals or other data is needed, a built-in web browser allows access to manufacturer web sites.

    All of this gear will be available in mid-2009 and on an ala carte basis, although obviously applications like CrewChief and Tool Link will also require the computer, as well. The systems will also be available either as a factory option or dealer installed. Owners of relatively recent Ford trucks that have a double-DIN head unit will also be able to retrofit the systems to their vehicles, so recent F-150 owners won't be left in the lurch. Pricing hasn't been announced at this point, but the potential savings from not having to record information multiple times, or leave a job site for more information, or to retrieve or purchase forgotten tools should help the system pay for itself in short order.

    Ford is pulling out all the stops for the next F150
     
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    looks interesting. I worry cost will be high, however.
     
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    IHAVECRABS Diversity is our strength. LOLOL

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    something businesses try to avoid with their work vehicles
     

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