Chevrolet Joins Forces with Trailering Industry to Improve Integration
Move In Response to Customers’ Stated Wishes
Towing is one of the many activities enabled by pickup trucks and can encompass everything from recreation to freight and equipment hauling. However, with the added weight and length of a trailer, safety and integration become an even larger issue for users. Chevrolet is partnering with the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and National Association of Trailer Manufacturers to help develop more integrated solutions and experiences for customers who tow.
The main focus will be on increasing the communication in between the trailer and vehicle, and displaying and presenting that information in a usable format for drivers. Other goals are to alert users to potential trailer tampering or theft.
As a first step, earlier this year, Chevrolet introduced a multiple-camera system that could be retrofitted to 2014-current Silverado models, integrated with the truck’s MyLink multimedia display system. Likewise, Ford has outfitted the 2017 F-Series Super Duty with up to seven cameras, as well as a trailer tire pressure monitoring system for up to three axles.
Expect extensive collaboration between truck manufacturers and the trailering industry in the years ahead to better address the changing regulatory landscape, as well as offering more convenience and safety feature as buyers demand them.