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Old 07-08-2016, 03:30 AM   #1
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Cool Anybody have experience with Ford's New "Pro Trailer Backup Assist"?

Anybody have experience with Ford's New "Pro Trailer Backup Assist"?

I known it started with the 2016 F150. Now, I think it's also available on their new 2017 SuperDuty Rigs.

Like to know if its true that it "improves driver confidence by letting the driver steer the trailer instinctively as they control the accelerator and brakes, while the truck takes care of the rest."??
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LOL I don't know but it sounds like a baaaaaaaad accident waiting to happen!

If you can't back up a trailer you shouldn't own one.

I'll wait for the YouTube videos of trailers slamming into picnic tables and trees...

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Old 07-08-2016, 04:17 AM   #3
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It's nothing more than a gimmick enabling you to back up a trailer with no knowledge on what your doing. Dont waste your money!
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:20 AM   #4
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Sounds cool.

How does it work?
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:40 AM   #5
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Yea, self driving cars are the thing. Ask that Tesla driver in Florida.
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Ugh!!! Is this a real thing? Some of the new tech in modern day vehicles is just beyond my comprehension.....
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:50 AM   #8
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Cool Here's the Video Link for Ford's New "Pro Trailer Backup Assist".

http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/gall.../FMFT1212000H/

It looks cool, however, I think an Airstream trailer height would block the truck's backup camera's view.

Maybe it can be combined with the new Airstream WiFi backup camera/video screen to augment the driver's view.

Has anyone had Experience with this new Ford system?
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Just saw an article about eliminating side view mirrors on cars with the advent of all these 360° cameras. But with cars driving themselves, we'll have plenty of time to watch the dashboard video screen!
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That's what killed the Tesla driver, watching a video as the reports say.
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http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/gall.../FMFT1212000H/

It looks cool, however, I think an Airstream trailer height would block the truck's backup camera's view.

Maybe it can be combined with the new Airstream WiFi backup camera/video screen to augment the driver's view.

Has anyone had Experience with this new Ford system?
The Ford trailer backup assist uses the truck's rear camera to monitor the angle of the trailer with respect to the truck. The driver is expected to use the truck's side mirrors and/or a spotter to monitor what's behind and around the trailer itself.
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lol i don't know but it sounds like a baaaaaaaad accident waiting to happen!

If you can't back up a trailer you shouldn't own one.

I'll wait for the youtube videos of trailers slamming into picnic tables and trees...

x 2!!!
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Sounds cool.



How does it work?


It seems:

A knob controls truck steering box. The feedback loop is the driver is supposed to turn the knob in the direction the trailer is supposed to go.

Right.

1) I turn the bottom of the wheel in the direction I want the trailer to go.

2) My wife tells my which direction via our Motorola Walkie-Talkies.

3) I'm ultimately responsible for ending up in the RV spot and straight enough to drop the hitch.
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It works fine/as advertised.

You still need to know what's behind you - won't protect you from stupid.
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