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The completely redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 already has been announced as the Official Vehicle of the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will be held January 6-9 in Las Vegas. The honor is significant since the gathering constitutes the largest hands-on show of emerging consumer electronics technologies, previewing innovations that will be changing public life in the near future.
As part of the redesign of the popular F-150, Ford gave it a stronger and lighter-weight body made of high-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy, with a high-strength steel frame underneath. The setup increases the pickup truck’s efficiency by shedding about 700 pounds of curb weight. The F-150 can haul up to 530 additional pounds or tow up to 1,100 pounds more than the 2014 model, making it highly practical in every way.
Ford did not skimp on technologies that make life easier for the driver. An active park assist system uses two ultrasonic sensors to help the driver determine if a spot is large enough to parallel park the F-150. If there is enough space, the truck will then steer safely into the spot, taking the hassle out of parking. An available 360-degree camera system also assists the driver in tight spots, giving a bird’s-eye view of not the truck and objects up to seven feet away.
The F-150 can also be outfitted with radar sensors in the taillights as part of a Blind Spot Information System. The driver is alerted when another vehicle is in the truck’s blind spot, helping avoid accidents during lane changes or when reversing out of a parking spot. The available lane assist system helps the driver avoid drifting on the road, thanks to a camera that reads the painted lane lines. When the truck does begin to drift, the steering wheel vibrates to alert the driver.