2018 F-150 in Action: Blind Spot System With Trailer Coverage

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Technology not only makes trucks faster & more comfortable but also much safer — even when towing.

Some call the modern technology found in new Ford trucks dumb and useless, even claiming that “real truckers” don’t need these gadgets to get the job done. The truth is that technology can’t be stopped — and much like when the TV remote control or the microwave oven came out, technology will always continue to improve our lives, even if some can’t come to terms with it.

The 2018 Ford F-150’s Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) is one of those modern inventions that have revolutionized the industry, and it’s most certainly here to stay. But as it’s usually the case with the Blue Oval — they’ve taken a neat concept and made it even better!

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The BLIS works through radar sensors located on both sides of the truck which constantly monitor the existence of moving objects. If an object is detected, a warning light will be activated on the right or left side mirror to warn the driver that there’s a moving vehicle in their “blind spot.”

In the case of the new-generation F-150, these sensors are placed further back in the truck (the taillights to be precise) in order to work in conjunction with a trailer. As this video shows, when a trailer is attached to the F-150, the BLIS will take added length into consideration and recalibrate the blind-spot zone.

Like most technologies out there, this system does not replace a driver’s attention while at the wheel, but it’s simply an aid to help keep the occupants safe. We mean, why wouldn’t want to be safer on the road — especially when towing a trailer — right?

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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