Ford Work Solutions: The Home Office on Wheels
We are spending a lot of time in cars. It’s just common sense to have some kind of mobile work integration, so that all those hours spent in gridlock can actually be used for a purpose, instead of just listening to the radio. What’s so interesting is that this isn’t some after-market upgrade, but a reliable package from Ford to help mobile commercial workers remain productive while they are traveling.
In an era when most of us are spending significant amounts of time in cars commuting or traveling, Ford has recognized these issues and come up with applications and services designed for mobile commercial customers. These technologies include a theft-proof built-in computer, which means that you won’t have your laptop stolen anymore, and a few tools which will help track the vehicle and secure equipment in the beds of pickup trucks. This will reduce the chance of getting them stolen as well.
Ford is calling this package Work Solutions and it will be offered as a $2,815 add-on for pickups, but can cost less if buyers pick and choose among the features. Ford says that this will help increase productivity to a new level by bringing the office with you in an integrated and seamless package. Ford will partner with DeWalt, Garmin, Master Lock, Microlise, Sprint, Magnetti-Marelli, and Microsoft to deliver these capabilities to buyers.
The Work Solutions gadgets are available on Ford’s F-150 light and super duty pickups, and the upcoming Transit Connect commercial minivan. Some of these components will be available for dealer installation in trucks that customers already own. For some people, this might sound like a nightmare. Having your office with you at all times? However, there are those people that absolutely need to be connected with their office in order to work properly. These people will benefit from the office on wheels. It will also make working while traveling a lot easier. You could easily schedule a road trip and still be reachable for work issues this way. [via MSNBC, images via Ford]