It’s one thing to have an adaptive cruise system that adjusts the speed of a car to match prevailing traffic, but it’s quite another to do the same when the vehicle in question is a 2500-series pickup towing a 14-tonne trailer.
The 2017 Ford F-250, pictured, comes to market later this year with an adaptive cruise system that is able to do everything today’s adaptive cruise systems can do, but with a 14,000-kilogram trailer attached. When needed, the system applies not only the truck’s brakes, but also the trailer brakes.
“Towing is core to the Super Duty mission, and drivers will appreciate the engineering sophistication that enables adaptive cruise control to determine speed uphill and downhill with a trailer,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford’s Super Duty chief engineer. “We have torture-tested the technology in high elevations and on significant grades at places such as Davis Dam in Arizona, Loveland Pass in Colorado and the mountain roads surrounding Beckley, W.Va.”