BLIS is fairly common on many new vehicles, but Ford’s latest system will monitor blind spots for a trailer’s specified length. It’s the first time a mid-size pickup will offer the technology.
Ford embedded radar in the pickup’s taillights to monitor the situations behind the tailgate and to the end of a hooked-up trailer. Drivers can also select the size of the trailer from the vehicle-information system to let the radar know how far back it should monitor. In the video above, the system monitors up to a 21-foot-long trailer. The system will also store up to three trailer profiles for ease of use.
When a trailer isn’t present, the BLIS will still keep a lookout for drivers just as traditional systems do. The radar-infused taillights, however, will also warn drivers of approaching vehicles when backing out of a parking space to provide cross-traffic alerts. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado does offer cross-traffic alert as part of a suite of active safety features.
We likely won’t see any major changes to the Ranger’s direct rival, the Colorado, for a few years. Chevy’s mid-size pickup is reportedly due for a redesign early next decade. In the meantime, a refresh is certainly possible to keep things updated as Ford returns to the mid-size pickup segment in the United States.