The 2021 Ford F-150 is packed with interesting and useful features, along with the latest technology on the market. This is a big selling point for Ford’s 14th generation pickup, and one that it believes customers will happily pay for. Notable new features include Max Recline Seats, a PowerBoost Hybrid option, power up and down tailgate, cylinder deactivation for the 5.0L Coyote V8, and a pair of new antennas on the roof. But the new Ford F-150 also gets Trailer Reverse Guidance, a feature that debuted on the Super Duty four years ago.
The all-new F-150 is the only light-duty full-size pickup on the market to offer available Trailer Reverse Guidance and Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Trailer Reverse Guidance, already available on the Ford Super Duty, uses the truck’s high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views and helpful graphics that tell drivers which way to turn the steering wheel while backing up. Pro Trailer Backup Assist also makes its return to the latest F-150.
On the Super Duty, this technology uses a total of seven cameras to increase visibility and help guide the driver on which way to turn the steering wheel while backing up. The systems shows a color-coded, top-down view of the truck and trailer on the center infotainment screen. Cameras located in the side view mirrors, tailgate, and one that can be placed on the back of the trailer further aid visibility.
The cameras track the movement of the trailer and the display alerts the driver if the angle between the truck and trailer is too tight and could cause jackknifing. An additional camera located in the third brake light also provides a view of the truck bed for fifth wheel and gooseneck trailers.
The 2021 F-150 will be the first light-duty truck on the market to offer Trailer Reverse Guidance, technology which Ford has also filed patents on. And it’s yet another unique and useful feature that should help keep the newest F-150 on top of the sales charts for years to come.