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2018 Ford F-150 To Offer First-In-Segment Driver Assist Tech

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The full-size Ford F-150 pickup, already a pioneer for its body made up of the same stuff that carries your favorite packaged beverages, will debut some first-in-segment safety technologies when the 2018 model goes on sale later this year.

For instance, the refreshed, 2018 Ford F-150 will ship with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go – a segment-exclusive feature, according to website PickupTrucks.com. This will allow the driver to set the truck’s cruising speed to match that of the vehicle in front of it, the truck automatically maintaining a safe following distance even if the other vehicle decelerates. The F-150 will automatically brake if need be, even to a complete stop, automatically getting going again when the other vehicle does.

The feature, available with all powerplants, will surely prove its usefulness to anyone who spends a sizable amount of time in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

In addition, the 2018 Ford F-150’s new Precollision Alert with Pedestrian Detection is also a segment first, which uses RADAR and a camera to continuously scan for potential collision risks on the road ahead, including people. If a risk is detected, the vehicle will sound an alarm and administer a visual warning, before automatically applying the brakes should the driver fail to react. The feature will be optional on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum models, and standard on the Ford F-150 Limited.

Impressively, PickupTrucks.com reports that new software parameters help the truck to account for towing weight and large payloads, meaning the system ought to perform even when the new F-150 has extra weight to account for.

The Ford F-150’s existing suite of active driver assists, which includes Ford’s Lane Keeping System and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, will return for 2018, making the revamped pickup one of the most attentive, safe trucks on the market.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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