Round-Up: TomTom Telematics rebrand, Verizon remote vehicle immobiliser, Ford EV calculator

Rebrand for TomTom Telematics

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Telematics company TomTom has been rebranded to Webfleet Solutions following its acquisition by Bridgestone earlier this year. Webfleet Solutions has a customer base of over 1.2m vehicles across the world, and was acquired by the tyre company to allow it to “provide a wider range of digital mobility and fleet solutions to its customers”.

“When we acquired Webfleet Solutions at the beginning of the year, we created a fleet solutions powerhouse. Together we have every capability to lead in what is an incredibly exciting, fast growing, and innovative area of mobility,” said CEO and President of Bridgestone EMEA, Paolo Ferrari. “We have the ambition, the infrastructure and resources, the data and insights, and we have the people and their unrivalled knowledge. As the new worlds of connected and autonomous mobility rapidly become a reality, together Bridgestone and Webfleet Solutions will ensure that our customers can enjoy every benefit of this new era.”

Verizon adds remote vehicle immobilisation tool

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Technology firm Verizon Connect has added a new tool that will enable fleets to remotely immobilise vehicles that have been stolen or are being driven by unauthorised persons, allowing them to be securely recovered. Integrated with the firm’s fleet management platform, the system will also allow fleets to remotely disable the ignition system and view a history of when a vehicle has been mobilised or immobilised.

“With Immobilisation for Verizon Connect Reveal we are helping give customers a level of safety and security they’ve never had before,” said Derek Bryan, EMEA vice president, at Verizon Connect. “They have peace of mind knowing they have the power to take action quickly and safely, with the push of a button.”

Ford reveals EV calculator

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Ford has launched a tool which lets would-be owners of its forthcoming electric Mustang calculate how far they can travel between charges.

The car – which is going to be unveiled next year – is claimed to have a range of 370 miles, however, Ford said 40% of the people who responded said they have little to no knowledge of electric vehicles which it said “means they’re unlikely to make the switch from pump to plug any time soon.