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Verizon Connect extends partnership with Ford

June 13, 2018
Verizon Connect has extended its strategic partnership with Ford Commercial Solutions for another three years.

Verizon Connect has extended its strategic partnership with Ford Commercial Solutions to deliver fleet management software tools and embedded connectivity to Ford commercial customers.

Last week, Ford announced new Data Services products facilitated by its cloud-based interchange, the Transportation Mobility Cloud, that provide access to "OEM-grade" verified commercial vehicle data for fleets and telematics providers. The automaker has made a goal of embedding connectivity in all its vehicles, and this access to vehicle data is intended to help commercial customers take advantage of the vehicles' embedded connectivity.

Verizon Connect has a history with the automaker and is one of the telematics providers Ford has authorized to access the Transportation Mobility Cloud data from its vehicles. In 2016, Verizon acquired and assimilated Telogis, which has delivered hardware and services to Ford fleets since 2011 and was the first to initiate service on Ford's embedded connectivity hardware.

"We have eight years of history working with Ford embedded systems and Ford's innate knowledge of their vehicles," Kevin Moore, vice president of global OEM automotive sales at Verizon Connect, told Fleet Owner. "Continuing to enhance that data set and enhance that intellectual knowledge of what those data sets mean with our own business acumen and intelligence helps commercial customers and fleets make sense of the information," Moore continued.

Verizon Connect's fleet management offerings for Ford customers include services such as business process automation, driver coaching and improvement, and route planning, scheduling and optimization.

Verizon Connect said it will work closely with Ford Commercial Solutions to leverage the automaker's new Data Services product, which fleets can think of as more open access to their Ford vehicle data. The fleet management company's offerings aim to enhance commercial customers' ability to harness, understand and improve processes courtesy of that data access.

In addition to embedded solutions and connectivity for Ford Commercial Solutions customers, aftermarket hardware can also be purchased directly from Verizon Connect and through Ford commercial dealers, the companies noted.  

"We are pleased to extend the partnership with Verizon Connect as an authorized Ford Telematics service provider to help our mutual customers benefit from our new Data Services product," said Lee Jelenic, CEO Ford Commercial Solutions.

About the Author

Aaron Marsh

Before computerization had fully taken hold and automotive work took someone who speaks engine, Aaron grew up in Upstate New York taking cars apart and fixing and rewiring them, keeping more than a few great jalopies (classics) on the road that probably didn't deserve to be. He spent a decade inside the Beltway covering Congress and the intricacies of the health care system before a stint in local New England news, picking up awards for both pen and camera.

He wrote about you-name-it, from transportation and law and the courts to events of all kinds and telecommunications, and landed in trucking when he joined FleetOwner in July 2015. Long an editorial leader, he was a keeper of knowledge at FleetOwner ready to dive in on the technical and the topical inside and all-around trucking—and still turned a wrench or two. Or three. 

Aaron previously wrote for FleetOwner. 

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