Ford is introducing an expanded form of backup camera for the F-150 series, launching with the 2016 model year. Called Pro Trailer Backup Assist, the system extends the backup camera’s view to the trailer behind the truck. When activated, it gives a better view and adds a control knob to the dashboard that allows the driver to “steer” the trailer.
Activating the system gives steering control to the knob and limits the truck’s speed. The driver just turns the knob to indicate how much movement they’d like on the trailer as it backs into place and the truck does the rest.
“Pro Trailer Backup Assist is a smart solution to save time and increase productivity for our customers,” said Doug Scott, marketing manager, Ford Truck Group. “Instead of struggling to back up their trailer, they can spend more time on the job or enjoying the lake.”
We’re hoping to see this technology in action for ourselves soon. For those who don’t trailer often or back their trailers up much, this might be a boon.