Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: 2021 Ford F-150

While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2021 Ford F-150 ADAS.

The 2021 Ford F-150 may be equipped with the following ADAS:

  • 360 camera view (360 Degree Camera View)
  • Active Park Assist (Active Park Assist)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (Adaptive Cruise Control)
  • Collision Warning (Forward Collision Warning)
  • Collision Braking (Pre-Collision Assist)
  • Blind Spot Detection (Blind Spot Information System)
  • Lane Departure Warning (Lane Keeping System)
  • Lane Keep Assist 1 (Lane Keeping System)
  • Lane Keep Assist 2 (Lane Centering)
  • Rear View (Rear Parking Aid Camera)
  • Park Assist (Parking Aid)
  • Front Cross Traffic (Blind Spot Information System)
  • Rear Cross Traffic (Cross Traffic Alert)
  • Adaptive Lighting 1 (Automatic High Beams)
  • Adaptive Lighting 2 (Automatic Headlamp Leveling)
  • Adaptive Lighting 3 (Adaptive Front Lighting)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (Speed Sign Recognition)

With all these systems comes multiple inputs (cameras and sensors).

Starting with the front bumper cover, it has:

  • camera
  • radar sensors (sides)
  • radar sensor (left)
  • six ultrasonic sensors

The camera and the ultrasonic sensors require calibration after certain events. No calibration is specified for the radar sensors (sides). There is a dynamic calibration required for the radar sensor (left).

The windshield has a camera near the rearview mirror. This camera requires calibration using a scan tool after events listed in the service manual.

The side mirrors have cameras. These cameras are part of the 360 camera view and require dynamic calibration.

Behind the tail lamps are two radar sensors (one on each side). These sensors do not require calibration, but module programming is required if replaced with new sensors.

The tailgate has a camera on the handle. This camera requires calibration after certain events no matter if it is for 360 camera view or rear view only.

The rear bumper cover has six ultrasonic sensors for park assist and active park assist. These sensors require a static calibration after events listed in the service manual.

The 2021 Ford F-150 also has sensors in additional locations for the adaptive lighting systems. The adaptive lighting system typically uses these sensors:

  • Suspension height sensors (front and rear)
  • Speed sensor
  • Steering angle sensor (SAS)

These sensors require calibration after certain events listed in the service manual if being used for adaptive lighting.

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