In the early 2000s, General Motors and Delphi collaborated on a four-wheel-steering system for Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickup trucks called Quadrasteer. However, due to its cost, it never really caught on with truck buyers.
Years later, things may be about to change. Ford Authority reports automotive supplier ZF has developed a new rear-wheel-steering system and it wants to implement associated benefits on full-size trucks. ZF is currently testing the system on the current generation Ford F-150.
The system was developed to work with a solid rear axle and can turn the rear wheels up to 12 degrees in either direction. With reference to turning radius, that’s significant and makes a full-size truck incredibly more maneuverable. However, the system doesn’t have any solid plans for production just yet.
There’s no denying such a system could help full-size trucks, though, especially when it comes to maneuvering in tight quarters.