Having announced a factory fifth-wheel option for the 2016 Sierra HD yesterday, GMC has also announced a new blind-spot-assist towing package system for the 2014-2016 Sierra 1500 and HD pickup trucks.
Developed with safety feature manufacturer Echomaster, the new dealer-installed system features three cameras: two side-view cameras and one for the rear of the trailer.
The side cameras are integrated with the trailer mirror housings and offer improved vision on the sides of the truck and trailer, displayed on the IntelliLink screen in the cab.
The rear camera is designed to be mounted to the top, rearmost edge of the trailer, providing a view of what’s behind the trailer when reversing. It is hardwired to the trailer lights for electrical power and wirelessly transmits images to the interior display. It also features infrared lighting for enhanced images in low-light settings.
The Sierra’s rear backup camera is activated when reverse is selected. Pressing and holding the Home button on the radio for five seconds brings up the camera menu screen to select the trailer camera image. The system also supports the use of an optional fourth camera, such as on the inside the trailer, transmitting video to monitor horses, other livestock or additional content during transport.
The driver can activate any of the camera views at any time on the IntelliLink display.
The trailering camera system is available from dealers and starts at $999 (not including tax, installation and labor charges) and requires DPN- or DQS-code trailer mirrors. The camera system is warranted by Echomaster, a division of AAMP Global.
This very system is also available for the 2014-2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 and HD.