The system can control the truck’s speed, steering, and braking up to 20 feet away. Utilizing a rear camera and two corner radar units, the driver can observe the vehicle’s progress while this system handles the operations.
The system used to learn with the truck’s rear camera will be able to identify the ball and trailer coupler and alert the driver if an obstacle is detected. Stopping the vehicle will also be included should there be required for safety reasons.
Ford’s Power-Up system enables Pro-Trailer Hitch Assist to become smarter and more effective with time. It can process a considerable amount of video footage, provide updates wirelessly and work in diverse environmental scenarios. Despite this, hundreds of hours of video were initially required to train the system.
Ford has developed the Pro-Trailer Hitch Assist technology in-house, and it has been patented—60 already, with 4 applications still pending. This high-tech system is now available in the 2023 F-150, F-150 Lightning, and the all-new 2023 F-series Super Duty.
Ford’s use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to revolutionize towing technology is an exciting development in the automotive industry. Ford’s F-150 pickup trucks can provide drivers with more precise and efficient towing capabilities using machine learning algorithms to analyze and optimize various towing scenarios.
This technology can make towing safer and more accessible for a wider range of drivers. However, it is important to note that AI does not replace driver skill and experience, and drivers must understand how to use the technology properly. As the use of AI in the automotive industry continues to grow, it will be interesting to see how other manufacturers incorporate similar technology into their vehicles. Ford’s use of AI in towing technology is a promising step towards a safer and more efficient future for drivers.
Source: Cheers & Gears