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    Ford adds on-board scales and new active suspension to 2021 F150 in the summer

    https://media.ford.com/content/fordm...simplify-.html

    This summer, the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 will debut available Onboard Scales which estimate cargo weight in real time and indicate capacity three different ways

    Class-exclusive available Smart Hitch measures tongue weight to help customers properly hitch up and reduce the possibility of trailer sway when towing

    Available continuously controlled damping improves ride and handling on- and off-road, especially in towing situations and also provide pothole mitigation technology


    looks interesting, especially since I will be in the market next fall for a new truck.

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    Interesting, Ford is pushing a lot of tech in this generation.
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    How much you want to bet it is only available on the top tier truck which has marginal payload to begin with
    Might be neat but unnecessary once set up to camp

    Cant wait to see Fords on the highway with their taillights flashing


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    That is pretty cool tech, kudos Ford. Wonder what the lights do when somebody drops a Solitude or Reflection in the bed lol. Them taillights will look like a strobe light !
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    Big brother is watching!

    Yeah, I get it, we should never overload our trucks or tow more than they‘re rated for or drive above the posted speed limits.

    I do see this tech as a very useful tool but I can just imagine Ford trying to wiggle out of warranty coverage based on what I’m supposedly towing or how I’m loaded. I would really want to check out how this information is possibly collected, stored, shared, and recovered. If the truck does sense it’s overloaded, will it still drive, is it de-rated, does it tattle on you? I‘ve had my battles with Ford over warranty issues on my 2012 f150 ecoboost and they will put more effort into trying to deny a warranty claim than what it would take to just fix the truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by That 1 Ron View Post
    Big brother is watching!

    Yeah, I get it, we should never overload our trucks or tow more than theyre rated for or drive above the posted speed limits.

    I do see this tech as a very useful tool but I can just imagine Ford trying to wiggle out of warranty coverage based on what Im supposedly towing or how Im loaded. I would really want to check out how this information is possibly collected, stored, shared, and recovered. If the truck does sense its overloaded, will it still drive, is it de-rated, does it tattle on you? Ive had my battles with Ford over warranty issues on my 2012 f150 ecoboost and they will put more effort into trying to deny a warranty claim than what it would take to just fix the truck.
    I can guarantee you this has nothing to do with denying warranty work


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    Quote Originally Posted by NB Canada View Post
    I can guarantee you this has nothing to do with denying warranty work


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    RAM auto leveling system, if it detects an overload, will flag it in the ECM. They can use that to deny warranty work (some of that justified), do you think Ford thinks any different?

    I think it is a good system, but I have no doubt, if possible, Ford will use the info to deny stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wileykid View Post
    RAM auto leveling system, if it detects an overload, will flag it in the ECM. They can use that to deny warranty work (some of that justified), do you think Ford thinks any different?

    I think it is a good system, but I have no doubt, if possible, Ford will use the info to deny stuff.
    What is going to fail from an overload anyway ?

    I have worked at car dealerships all my life and we never thought this way

    If that was the case every vehicle would have stuff recorded to deny warranty. G forces, braking, acceleration,rpms etc. I guarantee Ford wouldnt be denying warranty at the dealer level


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    Must work similar to the "Better Weigh" system that plugs into the OBD port?
    The article said it was estimated weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jleonard View Post
    Must work similar to the "Better Weigh" system that plugs into the OBD port?
    The article said it was estimated weight.
    Quite positive it is more sophisticated than that
    Just need a sensor on the frame


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