IRVINE, Calif. -

Before those used Ford commercial vehicles land in your inventory, they might be tracked closely thanks to the Blue Oval using technology from Spireon.

On Wednesday, Spireon launched FleetLocate for Ford, which offers GPS tracking for fleets operating supported Ford vehicle models. Leveraging the Ford open-platform Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), FleetLocate for Ford can enable mobile asset management and driver behavior monitoring, as well as delivering actionable insights to inform business decision making, without the need for aftermarket hardware.

The companies pointed out the launch coincides with the introduction of an enhanced user interface and new advanced diagnostics integration within the fleet solution’s maintenance module. 

“Thanks to our partnership with Spireon, Ford fleets can now avoid costly aftermarket device installation while reaping the benefits of a comprehensive fleet management program,” said Michelle Moody, director of Ford Commercial Solutions.

“It is because of fleet management pioneers like Spireon that we are able to support integration into TMC and stay at the forefront of product innovation for our mutual customers,” Moody continued.

The companies explained the refreshed user interface brings a modernized look to an application that fleets “know and love.” Building upon an intuitive interface, Ford and Spireon believe the learning curve is shortened and ensures that fleet operators spend their time managing fleets and receive the insights they need to increase performance and improve fleet safety.

The companies went on to acknowledge vehicle maintenance remains a top concern for fleets. Integration of advanced engine diagnostics into the maintenance module can allow fleet managers to easily decipher and address trouble codes, ensuring swift and accurate intervention.

Spireon chief product and strategy officer Jason Penkethman insisted this ability for managers to act quickly and effectively reduces downtime and extends the life of mobile assets, ensuring that the fleet’s bottom line is protected.

“Our FleetLocate platform uniquely provides an all-encompassing management tool within one easy-to-use interface and our ability to offer richer vehicle data through our partnership with Ford just further simplifies operations for our customers,” Penkethman said.

“Our goal at Spireon is to continuously provide innovative solutions that help our customers improve their bottom lines and drive profits, and this new product allows us to deliver on this promise,” he went on to say.

FleetLocate, which earned the Silver award for Enterprise Service of the Year in the 2017 Best in Biz Awards, can provide real-time visibility to the location, activity and status of remote vehicles and drivers to improve fleet utilization, driver safety and vehicle health.

For more information about FleetLocate, visit this website. For more information about Ford Commercial Solutions, visit this website.