Even if done every day, backing up with a trailer isn’t always an easy task. Fortunately the folks at Ford realize this and have offered up a techy solution with Ford’s Trailer Reverse Guidance system. With the assistance of seven cameras and undoubtedly a lot of software code, the all-new Ford Super Duty is able to provide drivers guidance when backing up with a trailer attached, down to telling them which way to turn the steering wheel.
Using cameras mounted on the front fascia, tailgate, top of the cab, side mirrors and an external camera that can be mounted on the trailer, the system stitches together multiple images for the driver to see. The driver can see a bird’s eye view that includes the trailer, plus projected angles at which the trailer is turning. The information compiles to provide guidance, including a predicted jackknife warning. The system actually has two pending patents associated with it.