Video: Ford Explains Tech in Super Duty Adaptive Steering
Feature Reduces Effort, Eases Towing and Maneuverability
Among the many innovations in the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is its available adaptive steering system. Typically, we’re not fans of technology for technology’s sake. However, in this case, we’ve experienced it firsthand and can vouch for its effectiveness. Interestingly, the Super Duty is not the first application of the technology, with that distinction going to the Ford Edge Sport crossover.
The system is deceptively simple, consisting of an electric motor and control unit within the steering wheel itself that multiplies input by up to 30 percent and reduces effort by as much as one full steering wheel rotation, according to Ford. When we were briefed on the technology at our first drive of the 2017 Super Duty, we were skeptical and thought the result would be an over-boosted artificial-feeling steering and strange vehicle dynamics. The actual behind-the-wheel experience was actually very natural feeling and made a significant reduction in steering effort at low speeds.
The system can be used with both hydraulic and electric-assist systems, as demonstrated by the Edge (electric assist) and the Super Duty (hydraulic assist). At some point, it’s likely it could appear on the F-150 or other models where enhanced maneuverability would be a key asset. You can watch the video demonstrating the technology below.