Ford has chosen the Opera web browser to bring the internet into “the world’s first broadband-capable in-dash computer system”. Owners of Ford F-150, Super Duty, E-Series and Transit Connect trucks and vans will now be able to access the full Web from the convenience of their vehicle using Ford Work Solutions.
Ford Work Solutions is a collection of factory-installed affordable technologies-including "smart" features that provide full Internet connectivity, tool/inventory tracking, remote computer access, fleet management telematics and security to support Ford customers with mobile office and business needs, even on the job site.
The technology is designed to let them access essential information and applications, including sales information, contact databases, job-site plans, inventory lists, calendars, Email, or even the weather.
Rod Hamlin, senior vice president in the Americas for Opera Software, said that the in-dash computer, combined with the Opera browser, Bluetooth printing capabilities, and other features transform Ford’s new line up of trucks and vans into true mobile offices.
“Opera’s vision has always been about giving people access to the full web anytime, anywhere,” said Hamlin.
“No example showcases this better than delivering a fast, feature-rich web browser to a vehicle.”
The Ford Work Solutions in-dash computer is integrated into the vehicle’s centre stack, filling the same space normally occupied by the standard radio.
It is equipped with a 6.5-inch, high-resolution touchscreen, four gigabytes of memory, a secure digital slot for added memory, a USB port and a wireless keyboard and mouse.
A stylus, stored next to the CD slot, is included for use on the touch screen, as well as an available Ford-certified, on-board, Bluetooth-enabled, battery-powered inkjet printer.