2015 F-150 Has Too Much Technology Says Readers

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Last week, we asked you, the smart and intelligent readers of Ford Truck Enthusiasts if you thought the new 2015 Ford F-150 has too much technology. Ford is leading the way with new truck tech, including Pro Trailer Backup Assist and a 360° camera system. That places them ahead of the competition, especially on trucks like the Tundra. But is it too much?

The SYNC 3 home screen features three zones, Navigation, Audio and Phone, as well as a quick access function tray along the bottom making for a more straight-forward user experience.

Forum member, and moderator, tseekins had this to say…

I wouldn’t say that Ford has too much tech but I feel that they brought on too much too fast. They’re still working out kinks with the SYNC system and some of the earlier model 2009-2014 gen trucks are showing signs of electrical gremlins.

There are issues across the line up that IMHO are fairly insignificant but still hurt the brand’s reliability ratings.

This is an interesting point, and applies to overall vehicle technology. Many automakers will tell you that they could put a fully-autonomous car on sale today, but it would freak people out (aside from the legal issues). They have been slowly introducing new technology over the years, so people gradually get used to the idea of the car doing more and more of the work that used to be done by the human.

There are also issues when you roll technology out to a large audience that you didn’t notice when beta testing and developing the product.

Pro Trailer 2016 F-150 1

GlueGuy finds the technology distracting…

I have to admit, the first test drive I did in a new 2015 F-150 Lariat was a “loaded” model. Even though I am a “techie”, and have been working with technology for quite a while, the bells and whistles on that truck were a bit overwhelming.

Maybe I could get used to it all, but in my opinion, there were too many things going on that would distract me from job #1; driving the car, er truck.

Climbing into a new F-150, especially a loaded up version, can be a bit intimidating. This is especially true if you haven’t been in a modern truck recently.

After a while, you get used to, and appreciate, the technology. But if you’re driving home from the dealership trying to learn how to use some new tech on the truck, that might be distracting for sure.

2015 Ford F-150 XL

1956MarkII summed up one nice thing about Ford and their trucks that we mentioned in the original article…

Like the article says: if you don’t want all the fancy technology, Ford still allows you to order a very basic truck. To each his own…

Indeed. Ford is one of the few manufacturers that will let you go down to a dealership, and for the most part, order the truck exactly the way you want it. Yes, you might not be able to go home with it same day, but if you’re spending this much on a new truck, wouldn’t you want to wait to get exactly what you want (or don’t want)?

The technology is here to stay, as more and more people demand the tech. The tech also increases profit margins, and the F-150 is how Ford makes their money.

Do you have additional thoughts? Hop on over to the forums and let us know!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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