2018 Ford F-150 Gets More Safety Technology

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Beyond the modest styling and trim-level design changes to the 2018 Ford F-150, there is lots of new technology stuffed inside the latest version of the top-selling pickup truck.

To better serve pickup buyers looking for more safety systems and better fuel economy, the new F-150 will offer segment-first adaptive cruise control with stop-start across the powertrain lineup (Raptor offers stop-start only in Normal and Weather modes). The adaptive cruise control system allows the pickup to match the speed of the vehicle in front of it, even allowing it to come to a full stop if necessary and then shutting off the engine to save fuel. The result will be better overall fuel economy for those who spend a good chunk of their work day in stop-and-go traffic.

Additionally, the new F-150s also will be among the first pickups to offer as options a precollision alert system with pedestrian detection as well as lane keeping and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The system will be optional on Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum, and standard on Limited models. Interestingly, Ford has included new software parameters that allow the systems to compensate for vehicles carrying larger payloads or towing trailers. This provides the driver with a wider safety buffer and more confidence in complex driving situations.

These sensor-and-camera-based safety systems are the key to producing self-driving vehicles. At this stage, most of these advanced technologies can be disabled with a switch or a tap of the touchscreen, but there may come a day in the future when your pickup will park itself or come when you call it. While we think that time is still several years away, it will be interesting to see how truckmakers respond to the autonomous vehicle trend.

The 2018 Ford F-150 will be available this fall.

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Comments

Always cracks me up when they take the FE credit for stop-start, but offer remote start, you can burn fuel when you're not even in the truck.
Hemi LOL is right- Toyota announced LONG ago that they were offering most, if not all of those safety features. Standard, on all trims. Perhaps, a more honest opening line would have been "Not to be out done by Toyota (or the Competition)..."

Is just me or does that new grille look like a McDonald Bic Mac.

FINALLY! That grill's coming down to something more reasonable looking. Still too big, but looking better, anyway.

Holly Crap, it's another "uglyford"

Is just me or does that new grille look like a McDonald Bic Mac.


Posted by: Cooper | Jun 12, 2017 8:32:00 AM

Sounds like lunch time for you.

I'm back.

Still waiting for the fire suppression safety feature from Ford...

https://youtu.be/VtK6WV5w0Ak

All they really added was pre-collision and new headlights.

All this article is, is a add (commercial ) for Ford.

Still too big, but looking better

I love the new face for 2018 F150. I will have Platinum model on order.

According to Forbes, comparing '97 models, Ford's No.1 sales king F150 has had the lower increase in selling price among shaky cheby & RAM recall;

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/top-selling-cars-and-suvs-remain-affordable-but-truck-costs-are-skyrocketing/ar-BBCDoHH?li=BBnb4R5&ocid=spartandhp

According to Forbes, comparing '97 models, Ford's No.1 sales king F150 has had the lower increase in selling price

@Lionel

You sell your truck for the most you can get. If Ford could only get the "lowest price" it means that was the best they could do.

Annnd the price goes up. Also adding this stuff (pedestrian protection, blind spot nanny, ect...) is how one keeps their truck listed amongst the "independent" safety organizations rated highly or as a best pic ect... Beyond the impact measures/tests, restraints (active and passive), braking and visibility measures its a game.

there's a big competition amongst the marketers, especially in the Big 3, to create buzz around their key products.

For Ford, the F150 is about as "key" as you can get and nobody does a better job than Ford's marketing at creating buzz.

Military grade, Ecoboost, stop/start, diesel rumors, Ranger rumors...ya gotta admit, they're pretty good at it.

Who sucks? Without a doubt Tundra and Titan get failing grades for their wimpy attempts to create buzz.

+1, this safety crap is ridiculous. Stop start as a default while towing 10K lbs? How about press button if you WANT stop start.

btw, 2.7L has no emergency brake, 3.5L Eco did last year, hoping they will next year too when my lease is up for renewal again. This new "electronic parking brake" is a sham, they omitted parts and put all the braking through the ABS control module. If that fails or the engine quits while driving and you lose vacuum, there's no mechanical emergency / parking brake back up.

+1, this safety crap is ridiculous. Stop start as a default while towing 10K lbs? How about press button if you WANT stop start.

btw, 2.7L has no emergency brake, 3.5L Eco did last year, hoping they will next year too when my lease is up for renewal again. This new "electronic parking brake" is a sham, they omitted parts and put all the braking through the ABS control module. If that fails or the engine quits while driving and you lose vacuum, there's no mechanical emergency / parking brake back up.

+1, this safety crap is ridiculous. Stop start as a default while towing 10K lbs? How about press button if you WANT stop start.

btw, 2.7L has no emergency brake, 3.5L Eco did last year, hoping they will next year too when my lease is up for renewal again. This new "electronic parking brake" is a sham, they omitted parts and put all the braking through the ABS control module. If that fails or the engine quits while driving and you lose vacuum, there's no mechanical emergency / parking brake back up.



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