2016 Ram HDs Will Offer New Camera Option

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The latest salvos in the Heavy-Duty Truck Wars involve camera technology. Recently, Ford announced its next-generation Super Duty (presumably a 2017 model, possibly revealed at the State Fair of Texas in September) will offer a high-tech option that will use seven cameras to provide safety and possibly towing benefits.

Having just attended Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' What's New media event, we've just seen the next-generation Uconnect system on the 2016 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, and there are some interesting camera upgrades that will make those who tow more confident about what's going on behind them.

Two years ago Ram was the first HD truckmaker to offer a rear-cab-mounted camera to give drivers a view of the bed cargo or fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer. At the time, images from the tailgate camera showed up in the 8-inch navigation screen, while images from the cab camera showed up in the rearview mirror, a much smaller image. That's changed now.

The new Uconnect camera system provides two separate touch points on the screen that allow the user to toggle back and forth between the tailgate- and cab-mounted cameras, both on the big screen. Additionally, since the new system works more like a smartphone or tablet, owners can drag and drop any of the available trucks apps to the screen bottom to provide instant access to your favorite features, acting as a "shortcut" if you will.

Look for more camera technology to make its way into more full-size pickups as new models debut with lane departure warning and more safety features for towing. 

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams (Hand Model shall go unnamed)

 

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Comments

@Lou_BC, See I told you so! Ram is the technology leader NOT Ford.

Nice

will the 2017 super duty debut at the state fair of texas

I replaced my GM head unit with an aftermarket unit. It has two camera inputs accessible while driving. I don't need the cab mount camera for the trailer I use but I could mount another camera for a blind spot, front hitch or the ultimate curb-feeler.

You just get more options with aftermarket units for less $$.

I would prefer to have the F-150's "911 Assist" that, IMO, is not as invasive as OnStar. If my airbags go off, don't ask if I'm alright, just send the coordinates to EMS!

I replaced my GM head unit with an aftermarket unit. It has two camera inputs accessible while driving. I don't need the cab mount camera for the trailer I use but I could mount another camera for a blind spot, front hitch or the ultimate curb-feeler.

You just get more options with aftermarket units for less $$.

I would prefer to have the F-150's "911 Assist" that, IMO, is not as invasive as OnStar. If my airbags go off, don't ask if I'm alright, just send the coordinates to EMS!

This is great, but I just hope people won't depend on them too much. It's important to also use your vision and judgement at times.

Love these cameras. I'm not a big fan of all the expensive technology on trucks these days. I can do without blind spot monitors, lane keep assist, all the entertainment features and touch screens, heated and cooled seats and steering wheels. But the cameras are a must have option for safety and convenience. I hook up trailers on the farm on a daily basis and a camera makes it so much quicker and easier even for someone with a lot of experience. Cameras are cheap and easy to fix or replace too.

See I told you so, ram is and forever stuck in turd or less place.

Beebe - I do agree. I love my backup camera. I think heated mirrors are great in winter or damp conditions.

Love these camera's. Makes it easier to hook up a trailer and keep an eye on your cargo on long trips.

Lou-BC, "When 2018 comes, there will also be a “commercial” version of the Ram 1500, with enhancements for heavy duty work cases."

http://www.allpar.com/trucks/ram/2016-1500.html

Ford will have seven cameras, Ram is making a fuss over two.

@Chris this page is about Ram. Go back one page for the another recall for Ford.

@Hemi, That wasn't a recall.

@Hemi, I believe you brought up Ford way before Chris did so clean up your own backyard before going in someone elses. Yes this is a ram article.

This is not as significant a move as you would think. I do think it is news worthy to highlight an advance in the use of technology in pickups.

I read an interesting article regarding the transfer or adaptation of smart phone tech/componentry.

The cost of this tech is becoming cheaper every day.

I do foresee the day simple plug and play port will allow smart phones to become the main display for all apects of living. From the kitchen to the car.

This is not new tech as it has been around for some time now. It is just the transfer and employment of common tech, just like the use of nuts, bolts, rivets, scews, etc;

This an awesome Camera angle, its kinda funny too, I just did a 700 mile camping trip, and had the bed loaded with stuff, I ask my daughter to keep looking back and checking the tie downs to make sure everything is ok, I wonder if you can toggle this view while driving?

LOVE the camera on my Nissan. Helps to see kids behind me when I am at the baseball fields and it makes hooking up the trailer a breeze. Awesome for parking at restaurants and the stores too.

Thats cool but since Ford announced they coming out with 7 cameras on the next Super Duty. I am expecting anyday Fiat will announce that the Ram HD is going to have 7.4 cameras.

Personally, a bed-view camera is less critical than a tailgate camera; most of the time you can see the bed well enough through direct vision or rear-view mirror to see what's going on there. That's not true for seeing what's happening behind the tailgate. I'd much rather have cameras for backing up with left, right and center views to help with parking, left and right wide-angle cameras for blind-spot coverage (they could even replace conventional mirrors for all but towing)(also could be the same cameras for L/R reversing views) and perhaps one to help view in front of the bumper--especially useful when going over a blind rise, considering how tall the hood sits. Overall, I could see four cameras as the ideal number and two of those cameras could be mounted in the light housings on either side of the nose for best side-view coverage as compared to the window-frame views we get from most mirrors.

@stevedore-If your airbags go off, Onstar automatically sends ambulance, fire, police and wrecker to within one meter of your location and you don't need to push a button. On the other hand, if the inertia sensors on the Onstar equipped vehicle signal a collision then a real person is connected into your vehicle asking if you are okay-if you can't respond because you've been knocked out or thrown out of the vehicle or have simply left the vehicle, Onstar again sends the EMT's, again within one meter of your location and again without pushing a button. With the Ford 911 Assist-you have to have your cell phone paired up, turned on and you have to physically be able to press the button-good luck if your cell phone got wrecked in the crash or tossed under a seat where you can't reach it! And what if you're rendered unconscious? Ford 911 Assist's not going to help you till you come around (if ever), and instead of a real person, you talk to a computer-try talking clearly when you're surrounded by airbags and the voice recognition technology in your Ford keeps responding with," I'm sorry, I didn't get that, please say again." And the Ford system , last time I heard, can locate you only withon two square kilometers-not one meter like Onstar-increasing the time it takes first aid to reach you or your wife and kids! I know which system I want to rely on-you might want to rethink your choice of systems.

well i hope it works better than the 300 camera, (it dont)



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