Ford has unveiled the 2021 F-150, the latest pickup that will be released later this year, bringing a variety of advanced technologies to buyers,media reported. It is understood that the new F-150 will offer an optional free-hand driving mode, the ability to receive OTA software updates in the future, and pre-installed Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the company will also launch a hybrid version of the option, which can travel about 700 miles when filled with fuel.
The Free Hands feature – The Active Drive Assist – is the same as next year’s Mustang Mach-E SUV. That would make the F-150 the only car in the United States with a free-hand driving capability. The Active Drive Assist system will only apply to Ford’s drawn-off highways, and customers must purchase a specific hardware package to do so, including a driver monitoring system that uses an infrared camera for drivers to ensure they are monitoring the road. They also have to pay an additional fee for the Active Drive Assist software.
Even if buyers don’t opt for the Active Drive Assist system, the new F-150 will still offer the rest of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance system, some of which will become standards such as automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Other
It is reported that the new F-150 version will be equipped with a 12-inch cross-screen touch screen in the center of the dashboard, the smaller version will be equipped with an 8-inch screen. Both will run Ford’s latest infotainment information system, Sync 4. It is one of only cars on the road to offer both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless versions, with a wireless charging pad under the infotainment screen and USB-A and USB-C ports. Behind the steering wheel of all models is a 12-inch digital dashboard.
In addition, Ford is developing an all-electric version of the F-150, which is expected to be available in 2022. But at the same time, with GM and Fiat Chrysler moving forward, Ford is finally rolling out a hybrid pickup. It is not the first company to produce mixed pickups, but it is trying to outdo other companies.