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Ford installs mobile office in pickups

LAS VEGAS-Ford Motor Co. will offer a dealer-installed “mobile office” with a wireless-enabled PC, printer and GPS system in its F-250 trucks next year, the automaker said Tuesday .

Ford is teaming with Microsoft Corp. and Stargate Mobile on the package, which will cost about $3,000 and feature a PC with a touch screen and voice recognition technology, Microsoft software and an optional credit card scanner. The companies hope to target contractors and other workers who do business on the road.

The truck is slated to debut Tuesday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show.

“The Ford mobile office system is a small, lightweight computer that can be docked inside the vehicle and used away from the traditional office,” said John Cooper, president of Stargate Mobile. “The computer’s rugged, portable design also allows the user to take the unit anywhere on the job site for the ultimate in portability.”

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