Ford brings enhanced driver-assistance systems to F-Series

Camera-based tech supports trailer reversing

Ford is introducing driver-assistance technology to its latest pickup to provide the driver with a 360° view around the vehicle.

Working with the Tier One Magna, the OEM has integrated several camera-based systems that will function as trailer reverse guidance, with image-processing software determining the angle between the truck and trailer and subsequently providing the most appropriate view for the driver.

The system includes three high-resolution cameras, as well as a colour-coded bird’s-eye diagram of the truck to help warn of potential jack-knife conditions, with additional technology showing the required steering wheel movement for reversing in a straight line.

Chief technology officer at Magna, Swamy Kotagiri, said: "For two years, dozens of Magna engineers from the U.S., Germany and Canada worked together with Ford engineers to develop technology to enable the trailer reverse guidance, which makes trailering safer and more convenient.

“The Magna camera technology helps make the Super Duty camera and display for the system exclusive in the pickup truck segment and best-in-class for any mass market vehicle. Magna has multiple patents on the trailer angle detection and guidance technology."

The two firms have also previously collaborated on a project experimenting with lightweight materials to develop a vehicle that is two segments lighter than its size, while maintaining the necessary safety standards.

tags: Ford Magna camera Safety
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