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Active vehicle safety technology has grown enormously over the past few decades, with Ford being one of the companies that pushed the limits of safety innovation. It's better to prevent an issue than to deal with it after it occurs, so virtually all modern vehicles are fitted with driver aids that help the driver notice any potential danger surrounding the vehicle and take measures to avoid it.
Backing up can be an uncomfortable experience, especially if you drive a large vehicle, like an SUV or truck. Using the mirrors can be confusing, and you may not see much when turning your head because of your vehicle's size and shape. Many vehicles are fitted with sensors that issue intermittent beeps when they sense a nearby object, but they're not always accurate, and it's still hard to know what's exactly happening back there.
The solution is a relatively straightforward one: a rearview camera that almost gives you an extra set of eyes at the back of your vehicle. When the system senses you putting the vehicle into reverse, its center dash display instantly turns into a viewing screen showing what's happening behind it. It also includes active guidelines to help you maneuver your vehicle by previewing the path you're about to take when turning your steering wheel left or right or going straight back.
The rear-view camera is helpful in virtually any situation when you have to back up, but it may be convenient if you tow a trailer. The system helps you line up your trailer to the hitch and safely maneuver it in any direction. Also, objects behind your vehicle that may be hard to notice otherwise are easy to avoid with the help of Ford's rear-view camera.
Not only does it show you which side of the vehicle the obstacle is on and how close it is, but it also automatically draws colored lines around it to help you maneuver around as you back up your vehicle. All you have to do is ensure the camera isn't obstructed by snow or debris, and backing up will be a breeze.
Although using Ford's rearview camera system is intuitive and straightforward, its technology is far more complex than you may think. Unlike a typical camera, which shows the captured images as the human eye sees them, a vehicle's rearview camera first converts them into a mirror image of the original, which helps the drivers orient themselves when looking at it. Otherwise, you may become confused and turn right when you mean to turn left.
The camera is usually located near the license plate on the vehicle's bumper. Its exact location depends on the vehicle type. The camera angle is slightly oriented downwards, helping the driver notice any smaller obstacles that may not have been visible otherwise. It also features a wide-angle lens, showing a far more complete view of the surroundings than a rear-view mirror could.
When reversing, you can follow these steps to make sure you do it as safely as possible:
Ford's Co-Pilot 360 is available for all passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks sold by the legendary American manufacturer. It adds a suite of driver-assist technologies that help drivers feel safer and more confident behind the wheel by assisting them in avoiding road incidents. Some of Ford's Co-Pilot 360 rearview camera's top features are:
Ford's backup camera system and all other features within the Co-pilot 360 bundle can help you have comfortable and safe journeys. You can see it for yourself and test its benefits by visiting us at Planet Ford Dallas and checking out our selection of new and pre-owned vehicles!