Wow, well this adds a whole new meaning to "Drive By Wire"
The technology is there, now someone put it to use.
Interesting and thanks for passing along.
Along the lines of towing technology, I am waiting for the automatic yaw sensor to show up on the TT that will interact with the truck to help create a form of sway mitigation if the TT ever gets way out of hand. It could be an aftermarket add on kit to tap into the TT brake system. Alko already has the concept in Europe just do not know if they ever took it commercial yet.
John & Cindy
2005 Ford F350 Super Duty, 4x4; 6.8L V10 with 4.10
CC, SB, Lariat & FX4 package
21,000 GCWR, 11,000 GVWR
Ford Tow Command
1,700# Reese HP hitch & HP Dual Cam
2 1/2" Towbeast Receiver
2004 Sunline Solaris T310SR
(I wish we were camping!)
I have gotten fairly comfortable with backing, but I would welcome this feature in a new vehicle. I have been in some tight spots at times where it would have been handy. I just wonder how much the feature will add to the cost of a vehicle.
Not for me and think potentially very dangerous because it will allow folks
to tow without learning HOW2 manage it themselves
To me, no different than the self parallel parking functions, the lane changing
warning system (heck you don't even have to look, just listen for a warning and
if no warning, okay to continue a lane change), automatic windshield wipers, etc
NOT FOR ME !
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1996 GMC SLT Suburban 3/4 ton K3500/7.4L/4:1/+150Kmiles orig owner...
1980 Chevy Silverado C10/long bed/"BUILT" 5.7L/3:73/1 ton helper springs/+329Kmiles, bought it from dad...
1998 Mazda B2500 (1/2 ton) pickup, 2nd owner...
Praise Dyno Brake equiped and all have "nose bleed" braking!
Previous trucks/offroaders: 40's Jeep restored in mid 60's / 69 DuneBuggy (approx +1K lb: VW pan/200hpCorvair: eng, cam, dual carb'w velocity stacks'n 18" runners, 4spd transaxle) made myself from ground up / 1970 Toyota FJ40 / 1973 K5 Blazer (2dr Tahoe, 1 ton axles front/rear, +255K miles when sold it)...
Sold the boat (looking for another): Trophy with twin 150's...
51 cylinders in household, what's yours?...
I don't get it. First off it's probably not an option for 75% of us because I don't think Audi makes a vehicle that could pull a mid to large camper. Second the ball, with the magic sensor, would probably cost $3k and have a 2000lb weight limit. Lastly I'm a little concerned about someone who needs a joystick to back up a trailer when my truck might be near his front bumper or fender. Surely it's gonna cause folks to take stuff out with the front end (driving it like a remote controlled car) due to the false sense of security that the car is doing everything for them.
2011 Dodge Ram Laramie 3500 Crew Cab Long Bed SRW
2006 KZ Sportster 41GKx2 Toy Hauler
The system apparently will only be available on the Audi Q7 for 2015. AFAIK, that model is not available in the U.S.
How many years did it take for disc brakes to be available in the U.S. after they were introduced in Europe? Then how many MORE years for 4-wheel discs?
I don't think we need be concerned for several years.
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2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Daily Driver: '06 PT Cruiser Turbo
Toy and Toad: 2001 Dodge QC SWB, 360 Magnum, Auto, 4X4
Other toys: a pair of Kawasaki Brute Force 750 ATVs and a boat.
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