2017 Ford Super Duty: 16 Segment-First Technologies

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Giving the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty a complete redesign and engineering makeover was long overdue, but at least the Ford team did its homework. With the exception of upgraded powertrains, it doesn't seem like Ford left any tricks in the bag.

Many of the new technologies are a direct or indirect carryover from the recently reengineered 2015 Ford F-150, but many others are heavy-duty truck advances that are bound to make any HD pickup truck buyer happy.

Here are the 16 all-new optional or packaged technologies offered on the 2017 Super Duty that are designed to put the Super Duty ahead of Ram, Chevrolet and GMC HDs.

A 360-degree camera. First offered in a pickup truck on the 2015 Ford F-150, the system has been adapted to help the larger Super Duty trucks navigate tight spaces. What's especially impressive about the multicamera setup is that you can get a wide-angle view from the front or back camera separately, and you can zoom in if needed (perfect for lining up a trailer hitch).

Adaptive steering. Ford has provided a computer-controlled system designed to reduce the amount of steering input when cornering with or without a trailer at low speeds; it also reduces sensitivity to sharp steering inputs at higher speeds all in the name of reducing driver fatigue.

Adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation. The high-mounted camera in the front windshield keeps track of surrounding vehicles and obstacles, and can provide both audible and visual information to the driver about approaching issues. It will even, depending on the situation, provide collision warnings and deliver some braking power.

 

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Blind spot warning with cross-traffic alert. Using radar sensors in the rear taillight and front bumper, the vehicle is able to warn the driver of oncoming cross traffic as well as vehicles in the driver's blind spot. The system also works when towing.

BoxLink. Ford's cargo management system, first seen last year on the 2015 Ford F-150, makes a smooth transition to the HD side of the aisle. Various clip-in accessories provide extra storage, tie-down points or even bed-loading ramps.

Customer-placed backup camera. As part of its camera technology push, Ford is offering a new trailer plug that now incorporates a seventh camera option so the driver can see what's going on behind the trailer. The hard-wired external camera makes for safer towing and also allows for additional camera installations.

Flat-floor cabs. Since the 2017 Super Duty essentially uses all three cab structures from the Ford F-150, cabs will benefit from many of the same features, like a folding backseat that creates a flat floor. Exclusive to Super Duty on some models is a collapsible under-seat storage box.

A 400-watt outlet. This is also a carryover item from the F-150 cabs, and it's a welcome addition for anyone who needs to plug in computers, battery chargers or small appliances at the worksite.

LED lights all around. Just like the F-150, all Super Dutys offer LED headlight packages, LED spotlights on sideview mirrors and a set of LED lights in the bed of the truck with a manual, watertight on/off switch.

New front and rear seats. The Super Duty seats are similar to the new F-150 seats, but they have two key features the half-ton does not. XL Super Duty seats have standard lumbar support, and the center console seat in 40/20/40 front seats has a lockable underseat storage cubby.

Remote tailgate lock and release. Like some SUVs and high-end half-ton pickups, the new Super Duty offers the ability to lock or unlock your tailgate from the key fob as well as drop the tailgate.

Smart trailer tow module. This smart computer system now detects more connection errors in the connector itself as well as detects if various trailer lights are out. The system can also recognize up to 10 different trailers that can be identified by name, type and size.

 

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Next-generation tailgate step. Another carryover item from the F-150, this lighter-duty and simplified step setup fits more invisibly into the tailgate when not needed. It also holds more weight than the previous model but is lighter overall.

Trailer reverse guidance. With this camera system, Ford puts dotted and hard lines on the backup screen when in Reverse to help drivers know where and how the truck is headed.

Inflatable safety belts. The back-row seats offer the Ford-exclusive inflatable shoulder strap safety belts to better protect passengers from bruising or bone breakage.

Trailer tire pressure monitors. The same sensors that read the Super Duty's tire pressure can also be setup to include trailer tires on a connected trailer.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

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Comments

Can you say "North American Truck of the Year"

Why do we need all these computer gizmo's ?

Why are the dashboards of ALL trucks (cars as well) too busy, blocky , edgy ,ugly.. big screens,huge knobs .. Just ugly.. I like them clean and simple,today everything is ugly and busy and yet they say its so,so nice..Wait 10 years they will say how ugly they were..

Silver one looks like the new Titan !

Why do we need all these computer gizmo's ?

Why are the dashboards of ALL trucks (cars as well) too busy, blocky , edgy ,ugly.. big screens,huge knobs .. Just ugly.. I like them clean and simple,today everything is ugly and busy and yet they say its so,so nice..Wait 10 years they will say how ugly they were..


Posted by: LOL | Sep 29, 2015 7:43:06 PM

We don't but it seems to be what sells now. The age of the $20K base work truck is over. With the company I work for we buy trucks and vans with pretty much all the safety options. Cameras, whatever vehicle dynamic controls are availbile. Our transits I just spec'd out and purchased even have lane departure warning.

So they jammed a bunch of things that all most every manufacturer has in one or more of their vehicles. and call it a first. WOW... Just more stuff to break, I had to replace a radar assy on a new Acura mdx last week. The bracket got bent in a small front end collision and the cmbs light would not go off because the radar unit has to be aimed perfectly. That radar unit cost the body shop $4000.00 w/o hours of labor diagnosing the problem and replacing the unit. Ouch you can keep your bs safety tech.

great truck cant wait till it comes out

Oh and most of the lane keep asst, adaptive cruise ect.... will all have to be standard soon on all models. No wonder the average vehicle price last year was 38k. Thanks fed gov.

The camera for the trailer and the trailer tire pressure monitor is awesome. Also the the trailer light status that tells you if any are out is awesome as well. The next best trailer towing option by a manufacture is Nissan titan XD that will cycle the trailer lights by use of the Key Fob. That feature alone that Ford and Nissan have are total awesome.

It can be a cluster trying to check trailer light on a RAM or a GM.... Turn on blinker and walk to back of trailer and check the blinker, Walk back to the truck and turn on the other blinker and then walk to the back of the trailer all the while trying to figure out how you are going to check the brake lights.

Nissan walk to the back of the trailer after hooking up and hit your key fob and it goes through a sequence for all the lights. BAM done.

Ford jump in the truck after hooking up and the LCD in center stack will tell you which light is out.

The title is a little exaggerated, huh Mark? These are technologies for a truck that is a year away (2017 model) and we don't know what GM or Ram are going to offer on their 2017 models yet, right? How are they "Segment first" at this point? Let's compare apples to apples here. Those things aren't available on their 2016 models and the 2016's are just being released. Another example of Ford pulling the strings on this site.

In addition, GM's HD Trucks for 2016 have "Digital Steering Assist" which is the same thing as Ford's 2017 "Adaptive Steering" so that's definitely NOT a "Segment first." GM is coming out with it 1 year before Ford. LIARS!

Box Link? Ha! A joke, GM already has similar tie downs. LED lighting? GM came out with mirrors that had LED lights that light up the side of the trucks in 2015, 2 years before Ford is adding that. Trailer reverse guidance? GM and Ram already have it, not a segment first. New front and rear seats? How's that a segment first? That doesn't qualify! That's just moronic.
That's at least 5 items that GM and/or Ram already have on their trucks. Segment First? Come on Mark, that title is a major exaggeration at best, and we all know it. Sheesh!

This truck has probably been Ford's biggest cash cow for 15 or more years and it's taken them this long to truly come out with an "all-new" design. What took them so long?? And how much is all this technology going to cost? It's not going to be cheap; it won't be long until these trucks are 6 figures!

I like the new Super Duty,,,,the stance looks great..better than hunkered down 150.....another positive....don't change engines....if it means EcoBoost......rather have what you have 6.2...V10 non turbo gas engines..... realiabity is king....great looking truck

Is it really so strenuous to walk around the truck and trailer to check the lights and tires? Gd man I do that twice a day with a kw and 48' flatbed. Cameras all around? Only a puss needs that. Adaptive cruise? Used to drive a prostar, which is a POS btw, with that dangerous and annoying junk. Took out the breaker to disable it. Before you fanboys get your panties wadded, this is aimed at all 4 nameplates

Thanks Ford for marking the rear edges of the bumper smooth and raised up so that we can slip off of it. What was wrong with a flat bumper that has worked since the beginning of time?

Seriously the ergonomics of these trucks is getting baaaaaad. Body is so big and bulky, weird angles and such. Not to mention the cost to repair with all this electronic wizardry.

If you cant keep the truck in the lane, or back up to a trailer or your arms get tired steering (POWER STEERING). Go buy a honda ridgeline or something.

I don't want to hear about segment first ( that to me means customers is the guinea pig) I want to hear about RELIABILITY and to know that I'm not gonna wear tracks in the road for warranty repairs, or that my balls joints aren't gonna go in 35K miles.

Real truck owners that aren't mall brawlers or bro dozers just want something rock solid.

What do you say to that Mark W?

roadram
How do you check your brake lights?

Scott,

Checking the brakes lights is the dummy test. If you can't figure that out with a few simple items you should always carry in your truck. You shouldn't be driving a truck.

I pull down the trailer brake handle. Or I push the pedal and look in the mirrors. You can even use a stick between the seat and pedal if you have to. But none of those methods are hi-tech enough for today's truck buyers

why not use the tailgate step or the drop down portion of the rear of the truck if you are going to crawl over and into the bed?

@ Scott

Instead of checking one side at a time, why not turn on your emergency hazard lights? That way they are all flashing....

Because, bishop, he was pointing out how far ahead ford is compared to Dodge and GM. Feeble attempt that it was

@Scott
Brake lights and blinkers has same light bulb and same filament. I just hit the emergency triangle button at my dash board and go behind my trailer. Something you have to do anyway. If all of them are flashing, I am ready to go.
I don't need key fob or gimmick stuff. Didn't you know that ?
Are you kidding me ?

Awesome. Propping a wooden broom stick between the seats and the brake the 70,000 dollar denali HD just to test the brake lights. This is the 21st century and U still have to use a damn broom stick.

Never knew you can check your brake lights during the day in a big rig by looking in your mirrors. LOL Dang special mirrors that you can see the back of your trailer LOL.

@Somar @roadman

See guys, Ford has plenty of customers (unlike us) that will pay through the nose and buy all this crap. Cheers to them for exploiting stupidity.

Somar even though you flashers/blinker use the same bulb they don't use the same wire on the 7 pin. Your blinkers may work but your brake lights might not or vice versa.

@Scott
Brake lights and blinkers has same light bulb and same filament. I just hit the emergency triangle button at my dash board and go behind my trailer. Something you have to do anyway. If all of them are flashing, I am ready to go.
I don't need key fob or gimmick stuff. Didn't you know that ?
Are you kidding me ?

Brakes lights are on a different wire then the blinkers and flashers.

@Scott
It doesn't matter, they use same filament in the light bulb

That's where the trailer brake handle comes in sonny. My day usually starts before the sun rises so the mirrors are good as well

Right turn and brake has same wire 6
Left turn and brake has same wire 5
What are you smoking Scott ?

https://www.etrailer.com/question-363.html

Right turn and brake has same wire 6
Left turn and brake has same wire 5
What are you smoking Scott ?

https://www.etrailer.com/question-363.html

I just reinvented my truck and trailer light bulbs checking device.
Emergency triangle dash board button at my 2010 RAM 1500 . LOL.
No wonder ford customers eats their BS all the time.

You know Scott, a stick will never fail you, unlike the electronic doodad that always and eventually will

I will tell you a secret ford owners. You have same Emergency Triangle button at your dash board already.
LOL.

Here is a link for some not very bright.

Enjoy your 2017 Ford heavy Duty.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=emergency+triangle+button&espv=2&biw=1255&bih=611&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB4QsARqFQoTCM_5lvLoncgCFRYxiAod8xgKaA

Here is a link for some not very bright.

Enjoy your 2017 Ford heavy Duty.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=emergency+triangle+button&espv=2&biw=1255&bih=611&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CB4QsARqFQoTCM_5lvLoncgCFRYxiAod8xgKaA

Your are correct somar and I was wrong on the wiring. But wiring does short and fail on trailers and the trucks. And grounds can throw issues into a trailer. What if you have a trailer brake light fuse blown on the truck. Your signals still work. Just check turn signals is a bad practice as your blinkers may not work correctly or brake lights may not work correctly

@Scott
If your brake fuse is gone in underhood box , than your truck brake lights won't work either. There is no special fuse just for trailer brake lights. It's easy to spot them working even from the seat in your truck , just back up to some reflective panel. I back up everyday at my driveway to my garage doors and can see all my lights every day . I guess you don't check your light bulbs at your truck everyday morning, before you go to work and everyday afternoon before you go home.
If Ground is missing, all of them are gone. Easy to check with Emergency Triangle again.
I appreciate you said you were wrong. I am glad I could post some advise to make life easier and safer for everybody.
Peace.


Loose ground lights may still work when check sitting. Also if you hook up to unfamilar trailer maybe a rental. The wiring gets wacky. Left and right turn signals may be swapped in a connector. Wires with momentary shorts. Have you ever witnessed turn signals opposite on trailer. I have watched trailers being towed with brake lights flickering due to loose grounds and trailer trying to ground through a ball. Ive witness brake lights lit constantly on trailers. Even though the tow vehicle isn't on the brakes.

You will see something like this all the time.
https://www.etrailer.com/tv-This-Old-Trailer-Groundwire.aspx
The ford will tell you there is a fault and you can monitor the lights as you are driving. The other manufacture you can't unless its dark out and see the reflection of the lights

Loose ground lights may still work when check sitting. Also if you hook up to unfamilar trailer maybe a rental. The wiring gets wacky. Left and right turn signals may be swapped in a connector. Wires with momentary shorts. Have you ever witnessed turn signals opposite on trailer. I have watched trailers being towed with brake lights flickering due to loose grounds and trailer trying to ground through a ball. Ive witness brake lights lit constantly on trailers. Even though the tow vehicle isn't on the brakes.

You will see something like this all the time.
https://www.etrailer.com/tv-This-Old-Trailer-Groundwire.aspx
The ford will tell you there is a fault and you can monitor the lights as you are driving. The other manufacture you can't unless its dark out and see the reflection of the lights

What will the Ford owners do when their 7 inch dash screen fails while trying to check their trailer lights and air pressure? Probably this LOL!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM5BCjNswd0

@Scott
Ford device doesn't recognize, when your trailer has swapped wires between right and left signals.. It will check right ligh bulb, thinking it's checking left one.
That's it.

Correct. But it will tell you if there is a fault in the wiring. Loose connection or a bulbs burnt out or light not working.

Just checking flashers and assume your brake light work is a horrible practice to preach.

In each case here you would have flashers but no brake lights.
http://www.silveradosierra.com/towing-trailers/trailer-brake-lights-not-working-t369537.html

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/one-brake-light-not-working-trailer-turn-signal-fine-1327638/

@Scott
That's the truck problem. Not a trailer wireing or light bulbs.

http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/76-speciality-forums/125-drivetrain-2001-2010/8100-no-trailer-brake-lights-everything-else-fine.html

More turn signals working but brake lights don't.
http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/76-speciality-forums/125-drivetrain-2001-2010/8100-no-trailer-brake-lights-everything-else-fine.html

How will you know by just checking the hazards on the trailer with your magic triangle button that never checks the brake circuit.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/one-brake-light-not-working-trailer-turn-signal-fine-1327638/
This one was a ground problem on the trailer. Not the tow vehicle. Flashing turn signals do draw a lot compared to a full lite brake light so a weaker ground will work on a turn signal but that same ground may no carry enough current to handle the draw and return path for a brake light.

So the magic triangle button may work to check the filaments of the bulbs on flashing but not check properly function brake lights on the trailer or the truck to trailer wiring system. The ford system would sense the draw or lack of and alert you when brakes are applied and see no electrical draw for the brake lights and alert you to a problem that the magic triangle button wouldn't.

Like I said, it's different problem. Problem with the truck. No problem with trailer or light bulbs.
If there is same problem with 2017 Ford HD, you will see just engine check light at the dash board and need to go to the service anyway.
Ford device is not that sofisticated to tell you , that brake light circuit is defective. It will energize microrelay to send power to the lights, but doesn't physically checks, if power has been delivered , because of worn out contacts at the relay , or defective solid state relay. It will actually fool technician , that light bulbs are gone. More headache to deal with, more money for service to make.


A lot of features you can be sure. There is alot of safety technologies and useful gadgets. I do prefer the storage options and cargo options of the Ram Box and adjustable cargo system and in floor storage of the Ram. The cameras for ford could help reduce Aluminum repair which is limited and time consuming and expensive.

The jeep is trailer ground. Not a problem with the Jeep.

Is is another turn the headlights on the the ground is to weak on the trailer and all the signals and brakes stop function. Trailer ground. Just checking the flashers to see if the trailer lights flash is a very bad habit and dangerous as there isn't much of a draw to cause issues like when you step on the brakes and the lights are constantly light to the brightest. The new fords will tell you if those lights are lighting. No need to get out and even check or shove crap onto the brake pedal to check the brakes.

Ram will have a better system in place soon other then the worthless magic triangle button to match ford's advanced system soon.

https://www.etrailer.com/question-36487.html

Just checking flashers and assume your brake light work is a horrible practice to preach.
Posted by: Scott | Sep 30, 2015 12:38:05 AM

It's great practice, because there is minimu chance that your blinkers works and brakes don't. Less than be strike by lightning. They have same ground , same filament, same wire, so I think this particular case with jeep from 1997 and trailer with 4 wires plug is very rare case you won't experience in 20 life times.
You can sleep peacefully.

It's good to see the transfer of technology move across to pickups.

I really consider this article another Frod Spin story. As this transfer is nothing new.

HD pickups have traditionally been one generation behind 1/2 ton pickups with tech. Even the EPA has recognised this and with this knowledge implemented the more drastic changes to emissions and FE standards at the later date.

If you have the want or need for a HD buy one. I do like the PowerStroke diesel engines.

Well, I hope Ford doesn't over spin the SuperDutys like it had done with the aluminium F-150.

Boy the bashers are out today. I call it jealousy myself because every other truck maker will just follow FORD as they always do and all these items will be good then. Babies.

@BAFO - If there's not "over spin", someone's not doing their job. But 1st there has to be something all-new or much improved, to *spin*. The latest media blitz for the (then new) Silverado/Sierras had little to embellish, except "Strong!".

I can't say I remember what the Colorado/Canyon ad campaign stressed. It sure didn't leave an impression.

Emissions/CAFE standards always are much tighter on 1/2 tons, since there's lots more of them (vs HDs), and have much less 'hard work' to accomplish for owners and industry. It's like wondering why medium duty trucks (MDTs) get breaks or have it much easier than HD pickups. Real shocking, right??



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