Magna Recognized for Ford Trailer-Towing Technology
Trailer Angle Detection system plays key role in Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist system.
Each year, the Automotive News PACE Awards recognize innovative technology from industry suppliers and at the 2018 award ceremony, Magna was recognized for their Trailer Angle Detection system. That technology makes the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Reverse Guidance systems possible, so while the Motor Company didn’t win an award here – it is the use of the Magna technology in F-150 and Super Duty trucks that made the award possible.
In the past few years, Ford Motor Company has introduced two high tech systems that make handling a trailer – specifically when backing up – a whole lot easier. In the F-150, the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system allows the driver to direct a trailer into a tight spot with a knob on the dash while the Super Duty’s Trailer Reverse Guidance system uses an array of cameras to coach the driver as he or she backs the trailer into a tight spot.
While the two trailer assist systems from Ford function differently, they both rely on Magna’s image processing system to monitor the angle of the truck relative to the trailer. In the F-150, the information from the Magna software is used to help the Pro Trailer Backup Assist (above) direct the truck while in the Super Duty, the image processing software provides the driver the best camera view for the parking job at hand (below).
Ford’s trailer towing backup assist systems work beautifully, making the F-150, F-250 and F-350 the most user-friendly trucks on the market when it comes to maneuvering in tight quarters.
An Innovation Leader
The 2018 PACE award for the Trailer Angle Detection system was Magna’s third innovation award in four years. The company won the award in 2015 for their PureView seamless sliding window that was introduced in the 2015 Ford F-150, along with taking the award home in 2016 for their SmartLatch electronic side-door latch system on the BMW i8.