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Ford said it has a new split-view camera for vehicles in the U.S. and China that allows drivers to see around corners at slow speeds, such as pulling out of a parking spot. The Ford Edge and Explorer are the first vehicles to get the feature that shows traffic approaching from the side to avoid a potential collision.

The new Super Duty pickups in development for the 2017 model year will have seven cameras for a full view of the surroundings. That compares with five cameras in the 2015 F-150. The next-generation Super Duty trucks will switch to aluminum bodies like the 2015 F-150.

Ford plans to make rear-view cameras standard on all its North American vehicles by 2018, and most vehicles globally will have a front camera by 2020.

The first rear camera was introduced on the 2007 Expedition. In a few years, Ford will be installing 2 million cameras a year on new vehicles.

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Next Super Duty to feature Ford’s most advanced camera tech yet

Ford announced today the next Ford Super Duty will offer the company’s most advanced camera technology, helping with lane-keeping assistance and enabling customers to see more angles around a truck and trailer than ever before.

The next Super Duty is featuring up to seven cameras and all-new digital architecture, making Ford an industry leader in advanced camera technology and helping customers better maneuver alone and in tight spots.

The 2016 F-150 has up to five cameras available, the most of any vehicle in the Ford lineup. Four cameras in F-150 are mounted in the outside mirrors, and rear and front of the vehicle to enable a 360-degree view and backup view functions.

A forward-looking camera mounted behind the rearview mirror is used to activate auto high beams and lane-keeping assist, which looks for lane deviations. The driver never sees the image from this camera, but the vehicle’s computer uses the visual signal to operate the rest of the system.

Camera technology also is a key enabler in Pro Trailer Backup Assist available on the 2016 F-150, which helps a customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the truck steers its wheels.

Dynamic Hitch Assist is another F-150 feature that uses cameras. It provides a center sight line in the display that helps the driver properly line up the truck to the trailer to hitch up.

Ford cameras are tested under extreme conditions – beyond what they will endure during a typical vehicle lifetime. Each camera component is subjected to more than 1,000 hours of testing to make sure it can withstand temperature changes, humidity, dust, salt and more. Ford engineers also immerse cameras to confirm the casing does not let water leak in.
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With all of the other technological advances, along with the (in some cases) less visibility from the driver's seat, I'm a bit surprised these "seeing" cameras haven't been introduced sooner....

 

 

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