2018 F-150: Driver & Truck Assist Technology You Must Know About

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The 2018 F-150 team has worked tirelessly to engineer the most advanced pickup truck on the road. Now it’s your turn to see it in action.

It’s rather fitting to begin this article with a direct quote from this video published by Ford Motor Company: “The new 2018 Ford F-150 doesn’t just raise the bar, it is the bar.”

Call it cheesy, cliché, or even pompous, but it’s true. We may be called Ford Truck Enthusiasts, but we don’t mind calling BS when we see it. We’ve already had the chance to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Ford F-150, and we had to dig really deep to find something we didn’t like about it. Why? Because nothing initially (or ever) jumped out at us. It’s that good.

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As you’re aware, a pickup truck isn’t just a pickup truck nowadays. These sleek and reliable workhorses feature cutting-edge technology that makes them as advanced, or even more than other kinds of passenger vehicles, whether they be family, luxury, or sports cars. But none of this technology is worth a ripped sack of potatoes if consumers don’t know how to use it, or if they don’t see the value in it.

 Thankfully, these short-and-sweet videos by Ford do an excellent job at teaching us what these somewhat new and somewhat confusing names mean, and what they can do for us truck owners.
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Be prepared to see a demo of the following driver and truck assist technologies:
  • BLIS: The blind spot information system.
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist: Takes the guesswork out of backing up a trailer.
  • Productivity Screen: The 8-inch driver’s display shows vital information for driving and towing.
  • Dynamic Hitch Assist: It turns the tricky task of hitching up a trailer into a one-person job.
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector: Monitors the trailer condition, and warns for possible light/brake issues.
  • 360 Camera and Split-Screen Display: Shows the surrounding area and to aid during parking.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go: Uses radar to maintain, slow down, or brake the truck automatically, like cruise control on steroids.
  • Pedestrian Detection: Should you not react on time, the radar and camera system could automatically stop the F-150 to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
 Enjoy the show!

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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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