2016 Ford F-150 Adds Trailer Backup Assist

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Ford is introducing a new way for drivers of the 2016 F-150 to backup a trailer.

Ford’s new Pro Trailer Backup Assist is operated using a knob in the dash which controls the direction of the trailer, thus removing the need for the driver to use the steering wheel. When activated, the truck’s speed and steering are controlled automatically while the driver uses the knob to direct the trailer.

Backing up a trailer can be a tricky process, as you must steer the vehicle in the opposite direction you want the trailer to travel. The knob control should help to avoid this steering confusion.

The new feature will be available with the 2016 F-150 starting in the winter of 2015. Orders can be placed for the truck starting this summer.

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  • smartacus

    I dunno, I’m feeling rather dubious about this. Oh I don’t doubt it will be popular, I just don’t see what’s the big deal in turning the steering wheel in the direction of the trailer to straighten it out?
    I don’t see tractor trailers adopting this feature.
    I do see big rigs and pickups both having Jake Brakes for their diesels since those work.

  • JasonB

    If they can’t figure out which way to turn the wheel, why would they be able to figure out which way to turn the dial?

  • Lici Mi Bawls

    Oh wow features for people that can not drive. If ya cant back it up stay in the prius.