Ford recently released a new system for connecting trailers. It’s called Pro Trailer Hitch Assist and it will make towing your trailer easier. The Hitch Assist uses the rearview camera, corner radars, and ultrasonic parking sensors on your pickup truck so that it will stop exactly where you want it in terms of hitch alignment with your trailer. The sensors also pick up any obstacles that might be in the way.
You can find it on the F-150, F-150 Lightning, and F-Series Super Duty trucks. All you have to do to operate it is just press a button – no need for manual work! But as a driver, you have to keep an eye out on what’s going on by looking at the central touchscreen which shows what’s happening with your hitch close up.
Pro Trailer Hitch Assist is a machine-learning program designed by Ford. It can spot trailer hitches and trailers from up to 20 feet away, no matter the terrain or weather conditions. All this information was gathered by feeding the algorithm lots of data. There’s also an extra special control algorithm that helps steer your truck when you’re trying to attach a trailer. To make it even better, Ford promises to update the software with improvements in the future.
Ford’s Pro Trailer Hitch Assist builds on their Pro Trailer Backup Assist. This new system helps you with backing up your trailer after it is connected. You can set an angle for the trailer to back up in using a knob on the dashboard, and then the truck will control both speed and steering as it backs up.
The new 2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty has been upgraded with new engines, improved towing and hauling capabilities, plus additional connected features. Meanwhile, prices of the electric F-150 Lightning truck have gone up since it was first released in April last year – now starting at $61,869 including delivery costs. Before that, its price tag was much lower at just $41,669.