[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ord, America’s truck leader is giving heavy-duty truck customers more smart technology and better views to make backing up a trailer easier than ever.
All-new F-Series Super Duty offers innovative Trailer Reverse Guidance – an available technology that uses cameras to see more angles, monitor conditions surrounding the truck and provide real-time coaching guidance, while maneuvering a trailer.
Two patents on the first-of-its-kind trailering and camera system are pending.
Super Duty is the first Ford vehicle to offer up to seven cameras, three of which are used in Trailer Reverse Guidance. These cameras function as more than just digital rearview mirrors:
Tailgate camera tracks the motion of a conventional trailer to help coach drivers as they back up
Two side-view cameras shift the view of the trailer as its angle changes
First-ever factory-available customer-placed camera can be attached to the back of a trailer to improve visibility while backing up
Center high-mounted stop lamp camera provides visibility into the cargo box with a Ford-first dynamic guideline, especially useful for easier hook-up of gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers
Trailer Reverse Guidance – one of 14 class-exclusive features on Super Duty – presents a color-coded bird’s-eye representation of truck and trailer on the console touch screen. Yellow or red means the trailer angle is too tight and there is a risk of jackknifing.
Two patents are pending on Trailer Reverse Guidance, including a dynamic steering wheel icon that indicates to drivers which direction to turn to back up a trailer in a straight line and a dual-purpose camera package.