The new 2015 Ford F-150 will go on sale toward the end of the year and Ford is packing the company’s most important and best selling vehicle with a growing list of technology features.
To see these new features you can watch this video below where Jennifer Shaw, Ford’s Driver Assistance Electronics Supervisor, explains some of the technology that is available on the new Ford F-150.
Individual tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
Instead of having that annoying TPMS light go off and not know which tire is low, the new F-150 shows you exactly which tire but how many PSI (pounds per square inch) it’s low.
*Standard on all trims
What is Curve Control? Basically it helps a Ford F-150 driver maintain control if they take a turn too quickly by automatically reducing torque and applying four-wheel braking. This should reduce a truck speed by up to 10 mph in approximately one second, assisting drivers to stay on their intended path.
*Standard on all trims
Parallel Parking made Easy
Hate parallel parking? What about parallel parking with a big truck?
Ford has a solution for this with it’s Active park assist technology that uses two ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help F-150 owners parallel park. The sensors measure gaps between vehicles on the street to determine if there is enough room for the F-150 to park. After confirming the F-150 can fit, the truck automatically steers into the space, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals. Ford claims they are the first company to put active park assist on a truck.
We will have to see if Ford’s marketing team will make a commercial as good as Parisian Pinball for Active Park Assist in the US.
*Available on Lariat trims and above
Adaptive cruise control & Collision warning
Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar in the front of the truck to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead. Using this information, the F-150 can automatically slow to keep a consistent following distance set by the driver. The slower speed will be maintained if adaptive cruise control is activated. Collision warning triggers visual and audio alerts if the system detects the following distance is diminishing too quickly and a collision may occur. It also pre-charges the brakes if the driver needs to stop suddenly.
*Available on Lariat and above
Class-exclusive smart trailer tow module
If you tow anything you will find this feature handy. The smart trailer tow module will inform the driver on the dashboard which lights on a trailer connected to the truck aren’t working, so the driver or a passenger doesn’t have to get out of the truck and walk around the trailer to personally find blown lights.
*Available on all series and included on all 3 towing packages
Want a massage but don’t have time to go get one? Just opt for the multi-contour massaging seats in your new Ford F-150 so you can get a massage while you drive.
*Available at King Ranch, standard on Platinum
Blind Spot Monitoring
Available BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) utilizes radar sensors in the taillamps to monitor blind spots that may not be visible to the driver. If you attempting to change lines and another vehicle is in your blind spot, the sensors will trigger a warning light in the sideview mirror. These sensors also can detect a vehicle coming down an aisle when the driver is slowly backing out of a parking space.
*Available at XLT, standard on Platinum
This feature is to help prevent a driver from moving outside of the intended driving lane by accident. The system automatically detects the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror. A vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver if they start to drift. The Lane Keeping System is useful to prevent highway hypnosis for 2015 F-150 owners. The system can also provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed.
*Available at Lariat at above
360-degree camera, Ready for TV?
An available 360-degree camera with split-view display uses four exterior mounted cameras to give the driver a bird’s-eye view of up to seven feet surrounding the F-150 to assist in maneuvering like parking in tight spots, navigating narrow roads and trails at low speeds.
*Available at Lariat and above
Hill Descent Control
For those that enjoy off roading the Available Hill Descent Control uses anti-lock brakes (ABS) to give the driver control while descending a hill. With the push of a button, the truck’s speed is set automatically, allowing for the driver to concentrate more on enjoying driving down a hill and less on braking.
*Available on all series (4X4 models only)