By Justine Woodard, Crain News Service
DETROIT (June 2, 2015) — Every camper or fisherman has at least one horror story about trying to back up a trailer or boat.
Fear not — Ford Motor Co. claims to have found a solution with its Pro Trailer Backup Assist system.
The 2016 F-150 pickup offers the new technology, which will allow drivers to steer their trailers using a knob on the dashboard instead of countersteering the wheel. How does it work? The driver shifts the truck into reverse and then uses the rearview camera in conjunction with the Backup Assist knob to guide the trailer into the desired spot.
The truck steers the front wheels while the backup camera tracks the trailer angles, making movements easier and smoother. The driver will still have to control the brake and throttle, but if the angles get too tight the truck will step in and limit the speeds.