As we discussed before, Internet-ready vehicles were one of the more interesting themes throughout the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. One vehicle in particular that WebProNews got an up-close look at was the 2011 Ford Super Duty, which the company refers to as a "contractor’s dream."
Checking out the truck, it’s not hard to see why they would call it that. It has a computer in it running Windows-embedded software, built specifically for Ford by Microsoft.
The software allows businesses to essentially carry their offices with them right in the truck. It has:
– Internet connectivity
– Word processing
– Bluetooth-enabled Keyboard and Printer
– hands free, voice activated controls
– It can send and receive phone calls
That’s in addition to all of the actual truck-related features. Ford suggests that contractors can use the truck to print up invoices on the spot, and generally manage their businesses. Pretty cool stuff.
This isn’t the first cool web-related effort we’ve seen from Ford, however. They’ve already been turning cars into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. The company has also shown how web-savvy it is with its efforts in social media marketing, which Ford Motor Company head of social media Scott Monty discussed with WebProNews at another recent event.