Pro Trailer Backup Assist Debuts for 2016 Ford F-150
Ford was not shy about claiming that the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 would be the smartest, bestest, most-wonderfullest truck that it has ever built. It appears that, based on a key improvement, the 2016 F-150 will be even smarter, better, and more wonderful.
Ford announced that it will add Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ to the 2016 F-150, marking yet another segment-first technology that will benefit drivers. Pro Trailer Backup Assist, as the name implies, will help make it easier for drivers to back up when there is a trailer hitched to the F-150.
“Pro Trailer Backup Assist is a smart solution to save time and increase productivity for our customers,” said Doug Scott, marketing manager, Ford Truck Group. “Instead of struggling to back up their trailer, they can spend more time on the job or enjoying the lake.”
With PTBA, a control knob allows the driver to steer the trailer while the truck steers its wheels and maintains a safe vehicle speed. This is achievable thanks to Ford’s advanced camera technology and more than a decade’s worth of technological advancements.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist joins new technologies such as dynamic hitch assist and smart trailer control module, both of which debuted on the 2015 F-150 last year. Ford has also announced that the 2016 F-150 will be available with clean natural gas and propane capabilities.