May 21, 2015
Michael Martinez

Ford Motor Co.'s 2016 model year F-150 will include a knob that's supposed to make backing up with a trailer a lot easier.

The pickup will come with "Pro Trailer Backup Assist," a segment-first technology that lets the customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the truck steers its wheels and limits vehicle speed.

To operate the feature, the customer rotates a knob — located on the left side of the center stack underneath the drive mode selector knob — to indicate how much they want to turn the trailer. The feature automatically steers the truck to turn the trailer the desired amount.

Ford says it has five patents on the technology, with another 10 pending.

Earlier this month, the automaker said the 2016 F-150 will offer a compressed natural gas or propane option on its 5-liter V8 engine that runs on fuel cheaper than both unleaded gas and diesel.


The Detroit News