Ford prepares office on wheels
Global automobile giant Ford, who are not commonly known for their innovative moves, have unveiled a new commercial vehicle within its popular F-series category which boasts a state-of-the-art mobile office. The Ford F-250 Super Duty Truck has been unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas and promises to make you more productive while on the move.
Recognizing that a large segment of F-Series consumers use the trucks for work such as contracting, Ford has created an option to meet their business needs with the mobile office solution.
Starting in 2006, buyers will be able to choose the dealer installed mobile office option, this will include a mobile wireless computer fitted into the console. The Stargate Mobile computer to be exact, which will be ruggedized, run off the truck battery, and can be removed from the truck and powered by lithium ion batteries also. It will have a touch screen and an 8.4 inch SVGA LCD display. The computer will also have a complete Office Suite pre-installed and will run Windows XP Professional. The system will access the internet via a broadband wireless cellular card. It can be used while driving (which seems like a bad idea to me), or voice commands can operate it so that it is less distracting.
Other options that will likely be available for the F-Series trucks include credit card scanners, GPS receivers and digital cameras. If the project is a success, Ford will roll it out into other vehicles.
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