Ford’s Pro Trailer Hitch Assist Uses Artificial Intelligence To Hook Up a Trailer Better Than Humans
Artificial intelligence is the most fascinating development in modern technology. Making improvements in tech has always been a motivating factor when it comes to adding and upgrading new features. Now Ford is taking advantage of the latest development in artificial intelligence by incorporating it into its Pro Trailer Hitch Assist to improve the efficiency and time of pairing a truck to a trailer.
On one hand, you can manually line up your truck’s trailer hitch with a trailer’s coupling. We’ve been doing it for decades, and not without a little trial and error.
But on the other hand, Ford’s Pro Trailer Hitch Assist feature can uses artificial intelligence to make this task as easy as pressing a button, and letting the truck to the rest.
How Does Ford Use Artificial Intelligence with the Pro Trailer Hitch Assist?
By using the rear-view camera and corner radars of the truck, the Pro Trailer Hitch Assist aligns the hitch with the trailer’s coupler by taking control of the speed, steering, and brakes of the truck. The artificial intelligence uses its programming to detect the hitch ball, trailer, and coupler as far as 20 feet away. Once it detects the coupler, the A.I. determines the best path to take in order to position the hitch perfectly before stopping.
What makes this feature more interesting is that it is able to complete this task with more efficiency and less time than a human.
Available for the F-150, F-150 Lightning, and the new F-Series Super Duty, the Pro Trailer Hitch Assist helps take the stress out of this job, giving you more time to attach the coupling and be on your way instead of constantly feathering the brake while your spotter gives you feedback before you finally get it right.