Garmin to provide navigation to Ford Work Solutions

Today at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, automaker Ford announced Ford Work solutions, a series of technology features to improve productivity of light trucks drivers. As part of these features Ford unveiled an in-dash computer developed with Magneti Marelli, powered by Microsoft Auto and featuring a Garmin navigation software. This in-dash computer will provides full high-speed Internet access via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.

Thanks to this broadband connectivity, users will be able to access Garmin Online services such as traffic conditions, weather, and nearby fuel prices. Garmin also provides a customized database of Ford dealerships and Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centers.

The in-dash computer system also allows users to print invoices, check inventories and access documents stored on their home or office computer networks.

Ford Work Solutions will be available this fall on the 2009 F-150, F-Series Super Duty, and E-Series vans. Transit Connect vans join Ford truck’s commercial vehicle lineup with this technology in mid-2009. Ford's F-Series trucks have been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 31 years, although F-150 sales dropped 13.2 percent in 2007 according to market research firm Autodata.

Garmin has been partnering with Ford for some times. last year Ford started to sell garmin Personal navigation Devices (PND) at Ford dealerships (read here).

Wednesday, February 6th 2008

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