Ford announced today new trailer assist camera technology for its F-Series Super Duty trucks.
Two patents are pending on what Ford calls the first-of-its-kind trailering and camera system.
Ford’s Trailer Reverse Guidance uses cameras to offer more angles for monitoring conditions around the truck and provide real-time coaching guidance while maneuvering a trailer.
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.