Check this out. If all this works, this will be a game changer in the trailer towing process. On board hitch weight and other items for towing.
Ford announced today a slew of upgrades for its most popular vehicle, the 2021 F-150 pickup
. Among the new available features are a "Smart" hitch that measures tongue weight, built-in onboard scales to measure payload, and continually controlled active damping.
The biggest news is the suspension. Designed to enhance the ride and handling, the available system uses a computer to "analyze multiple signals collected from high-resolution sensors" that in turn adjust the dampers to optimize the suspension for the situation. If the system senses a pothole, the dampers firm up so the wheel doesn't drop as far into the hole, mitigating the strength of the impact. The system can be adjusted via the F-150's available drive modes.
The onboard scales, a class-exclusive, use sensors to measure and display the payload in your truck. The load info can be displayed within the truck, on your smartphone through Ford's mobile app, or through graphics within the truck's smart taillamps. Here's how that works:
Smart taillamps operate like the battery charge indicator on a mobile phone, displaying the percentage of payload capacity by illuminating LEDs arranged in a built-in vertical bar. As the truck is loaded, all four lights illuminate, showing itís fully loaded. If the truck is overloaded, the top lights blink.
The Smart hitch is exactly what it sounds like. It's able to measure the tongue weight of a connected trailer, and it's even able to help distribute trailer weight correctly for a stress-free journey. Like the onboard scales, data is displayed from the central infotainment screen, the smartphone app, or through the smart taillamps, indicating weight distribution and overall hitch weight.
Customers will be able to order an F-150 with any of these three features starting in early June 2021, with deliveries slated for later in the summer. Pricing has yet to be released.