2017 Ford Super Duty to Debut Trailer Reverse Guidance System

Super Duty’s TRG 2 II

Forget the Truck Wars. Now we have the Towing Wars.

It seems like all the heavy-duty pickup truckmakers are ramping up their towing technologies to accommodate the significant percentage of HD customers who need a strong, powerful, full-size pickup.

The first salvos were launched as maximum towing capacities stretched to crazy heights, turbo-diesel torque ratings soared, and then all the manufacturers decided to offer factory-installed, frame-mounted, in-bed gooseneck hitches (which GM is doing just now). For now, the Ram 3500 Max Tow Package with the 6.7-liter inline-six-cylinder Cummins is the max-tow champion, but that's likely to change when Ford announces its 2017 max towing and gross combined weight ratings for the new 2017 Super Duty later this year.

In the meantime, Ford has released more information about the coming seven-camera Trailer Reverse Guidance system that looks like it will help drivers more safely tow, park and maneuver their long or short towing setups better than any other equipment on the market.

Here's how it works: Three high-resolution cameras (two side-mirror cameras and one tailgate-mounted camera) offer a bird's-eye view of the truck that can help warn the driver of potential jack-knife situations. Likewise, the computer software can stitch select screens together to allow you to see both sides of the trailer at the same time as you back into a tight garage or parking space.

The seven-camera setup includes one on the tailgate, grille and each side mirror; one in the center high-mounted stop light; and two more that can be hardwired into the hitch plug and go on the back of the trailer or inside to watch cargo. The benefit of this new backup system is that the computer can integrate and even watch the trailer arm to coach drivers when they have the truck-and-trailer combination in Reverse. Special guidelines provide direct feedback in multiple colors (yellow and red) as well.

Ford has two patents pending on the Trailer Reverse Guidance system, including a dynamic steering-wheel icon that indicates to the driver which direction to turn the wheel in order to back the rig in a straight line, as well as a dual-purpose camera package. We'll get a chance to drive the new Super Duty in late summer.

Manufacturer images

Here's a short video by the Ford's Jennifer Shaw, the engineer most responsible for the system. 

 

 

Super Duty TRG color 4 II

Super Duty TRG 1 II

Super Duty TRG patent 3 II

 

Comments

Ding, Ding, Ding... fight.. Who's going to throw the first punch?

Why does Ford disable comments on there youtube page, Would like to read what people have to say about this system. Looks like it could be a great tool when towing a large trailer.

Ford came out with this system a day after GM announced their setup. Lol

Best factory installed system out there. Way more advanced and better then gm's that is an aftermarket add on.

looks neat.. wonder what cost vs practicality is???

I can see how putting a remote camera on the back of a trailer would be useful, but I don't need 7 cameras to tell me about a possible jackknife situation. Common sense will tell me more the vehicle I'm driving then unneeded cameras.

Yet another example of Ford inventing tech that nobody wanted.

Been Done: After thinking about this system I agree with you, remote camera would help and camera to see hitch also use full, all the other cameras are a bit much, all the cameras were added to make the trailer back up assist option work. cant see mirrors if your looking at the center of the dash turning a knob.

Gm watching this and taking note, and wilo in the future realease a better system than they have but still fall short of FOrd, no real news here

Yet another example of Ford inventing tech that nobody wanted.

Posted by: Been Done | Mar 17, 2016 8:14:32 AM

Nobody wanted or uses.

Like the man step.

Love cameras on equipment. Can't have too many of them. And cameras these days are cheap. I have a four camera system I use on my tractors and combines. Wish it was a ten camera system for the combine. Any open minded person that tows a lot would appreciate a camera system like the one described here. I've never had an accident backing anything but having cameras so you can see what is going on sure does make things easier, safer, and less stressful.

Awesome look at that, cobaltsrgreat is so pi $$ed because his favorite brand just came out with a back up camera and everyone else is ahead of them for camera use he has to down play this. You losers are funny. The simple fact is, is if you don't want it, don't buy the option. If you want it, you can buy it. Amazing how simple that is.

Like the man step.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 17, 2016 9:22:18 AM
OR you could go the GM route and make a hole in the bumper and call it a step. Fyi that hole is 3" lower than the top of the bumper. The Ford man step is much closer to the ground for people that are not 6'. Keep going losersrgreat. You are making my day with the moronic babble coming from your keyboard.

There are some good ideas here. Personally, I don't like the idea of backing up while only looking at a screen. Why not add the steering icons to the side mirrors? Also, why not have the steering wheel vibrate to let you know to steer the other way? Eventually, the competition will build on this and make it better. As customers, we can only win.

@Montands, I like the idea of a picture on the side mirrors!

But in Gm's case they dont make it better, they just do the same thing after it was already done and put out a news release

OR you could go the GM route and make a hole in the bumper and call it a step. Fyi that hole is 3" lower than the top of the bumper. The Ford man step is much closer to the ground for people that are not 6'. Keep going losersrgreat. You are making my day with the moronic babble coming from your keyboard.

Posted by: LMAO or maybe the new Harvey | Mar 17, 2016 10:06:46 AM

I just went out into the parking lot and measured a Chevy rear bumper step. It is actually 6.5 inches from the top of the bumper and 21 inches from the ground on a half ton. As usual LAMO, you are totally inaccurate with your postings.

Hmmmm, that's funny. I just measured 24".

When I get back to my office I will measure a F350 4x4 man step. Have any guesses there loser boy

I find this funny since I am currently at the Chevy dealer getting one of our suburbans fixed again.

As usual LAMO, you are totally inaccurate with your postings.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 17, 2016 10:28:17 AM

I find this absolutely hilarious. I have proven you wrong with just about everyone of your post. You actually proved yourself wrong in the supercharger discussion and you were to dumb enough to realize it. Later you did obviously because your dropped it pretty fast. Keep drinking the GM jungle juice old tool bag.

Cobaltsrgreat, go back to your GM thread about GM catching up on cameras. You can play with yourself there and feel big.

@ LAMO : Twice today i've proven you wrong, your gonna have to research your comments before you post. Your only confirming your redundancy as a value contributor to the comments section of PUTC.

Wow, Ford had an opportunity to break away from the ancient Lame duck looking Superduty and they design this ugly replacement. Now they are attempting to mask this mistake by covering it with cameras and including other tech that Ford calls innovation. Actually, the rear wheel openings look like they were headed in the right direction and then went with the round opening again. HAHA!

LAMO : Twice today i've proven you wrong, your gonna have to research your comments before you post. Your only confirming your redundancy as a value contributor to the comments section of PUTC.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 17, 2016 10:56:18 AM

You haven't. In no way have I been proved wrong by you. In your delusional mind you think you have but you havent in reality. I'm sorry but you have not been right about anything that I can think of. Btw, my F350 that is over the 10K GVW rating the man step is 23" from the ground. The bumper is 32". This is probably the tallest truck Ford builds in a class 3 truck. The rest will be lower. So my tallest truck is just about the same height as the little pansie truck you measured.

Man that GM jungle juice must be good today because you are full blown crazy.

@gmsrgreat, I just measured our work truck step at 24", maybe chevys are all different, this was a gm not a chevy.......I will say this, there is a reason why both gm brands are number 2 and 3 behind Ford, military grade trucks vs trucks laggin behind by several years.....

@ Nitro : I measured a crew cap, long box half ton, 3/4 or 1 ton will be higher. What cab configuration and series truck did you measure. Oh, congrats you have a safe work truck with the best braking available.

3/4 sierra, and you are right brakes are great, but injectors not so much lost 1 at 8900 miles

Yawn they well have to dump these to low paying rental companies to make sales look good, Just like when the beer can F150s come out.

"While Ford Motor’s retail sales rose 11 percent, its fleet deliveries surged more than 40 percent. The number of vehicles the automaker sold to car-rental companies -- transactions that are generally less profitable than other fleet sales -- nearly doubled last month, to about 41,000 units."

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160301/RETAIL01/160309981/ford-lincoln-bounce-back-as-fleet-sales-soar

So if ford uses military grade sheet metal, and the military uses Humvee's with GM 6.2L duramax , and 6.5L turbo engines, that makes GM trucks military grade since 1985.

Pretty sure VW Trailer assist still has it beat.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxr83Vkrh00

Bunch of sissies. Men don't need little girlie steps to get in their trucks. Not on my kw or my 78. I pull a 48' trailer every day with no stinkin cameras.

johnny doe:
Ford has traditionally dominated fleet sales but pretty much exited that market due to production constraints while changing over their factories. GM moved in on that and everyone thought that the extra sales were great even though transaction prices were running about $4,000 lower than Ford's. Now that Ford has caught up on the retail business they are reclaiming the commercial business and you seem to think that the proper response is to simply pretend that you never wanted those sales in the first place. And you're still ridiculing Ford's aluminum sheet metal even though GM has committed to follow Ford's lead on that very soon. Not very deep thinking there.

Soon a fully decked out heavy duty truck will get close to $100,000!

@Mr Knowitall,
Beat me too it, the VW trailer assist is pretty impressive, but is has been developed for cars. They are developing a version for their Amarok Pickup. Towing in Europe is mainly down by cars and Vans

Yeah sure Walt, Ford still has super duty for most of their commercial business, and they still lost share. I'm talking mostly rental. The F150 isn't selling worth dog crap, that's why you are starting to see the big dumps of F150s. They caught up on retail you say? Yeah probably so since Ford's market share has been falling for a few years in a row now.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160208/OEM/302089949/countering-chevys-silverado-surge

Watch out there johnny doeboy. Remember you can't expel to much ignorance in one day or you will burn up the only 2 brain cells you have left. Remember what the doctor told you. Just stay quiet in your mothers basement and shut up.

johhny doe:
Ford outsold Chevy and GMC combined by 2359 units in February. If the leader "isn't selling worth dog crap" how do you describe the runner up? Please note that I have never felt a need to degrade the General's products. In fact, I think that they make a pretty good truck. I just think that Ford makes a pretty good one too and don't see any point in slamming anyone for no reason.

There is an old saying: "Don't argue with a fool, the observers will be hard pressed to tell which is which." On that note, I have already said too much and will bow out of this conversation.

Calm down johnny doeboy. Your using to many brain cells again! Your last 2.

Wasting my time I see, read the links I posted. It paints the big picture. It's clear Ford clowns can't see well with so much Blue Kool-Aid in front of them.

@Joe,

GM released the 360 camera view yesterday, which Ford already had since last year.

Give GM a YEAR to produce this Trailer Assist Reverse Guidance CAM. Again, they have to buy a Ford Truck, take it apart, and copy the Design.

It takes time, you know.

@Joe,

GM released the 360 camera view yesterday, which Ford already had since last year.

Give GM a YEAR to produce this Trailer Assist Reverse Guidance CAM. Again, they have to buy a Ford Truck, take it apart, and copy the Design.

It takes time, you know.

There is an old saying: "Don't argue with a fool, the observers will be hard pressed to tell which is which." On that note, I have already said too much and will bow out of this conversation. - Walt


@Walt,

Ignore the twerp, and it will go away.

There is an old saying: "Don't argue with a fool, the observers will be hard pressed to tell which is which." On that note, I have already said too much and will bow out of this conversation. - Walt


@Walt,

Ignore the twerp, and it will go away.

Hey Frank will you ever learn to post useful info? Naw just a smart mouthed clueless Ford clown.

Hay Frank, Stop doubling posting you dummny!!!!!!!

Michigan Bob wins and Frank loses again.

GM released the 360 camera view yesterday, which Ford already had since last year.

Give GM a YEAR to produce this Trailer Assist Reverse Guidance CAM. Again, they have to buy a Ford Truck, take it apart, and copy the Design.

It takes time, you know.

Here is some useful info for you twerps.

Ford F-Series best selling Truck in the Country, a fact that you twerps will deny.

Now go away and post your nonsense on a GM Post.

GTFO

@johnny twerp,

Practice what you preach, now go away.

You go away kid or post something useful.

Johnny twerp is and was one of those kids that got bullied in school a lot, look how he writes, just like a little crybaby.

Go cry to your mom or your two dads.



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