The first article talks about replacing the front apron tube (upper rail) on the aluminum F-150 and Super Duty. They compare the aluminum procedure to the procedure done on the previous steel bodied F-Series. The new procedure is less invasive than the previous generation, and does not require removing the instrument panel. According to the article, both the F-150 and the Super Duty have many similarities. However, the upper rail replacement procedures have many differences. One of the biggest differences is that the F-150 utilized a hydroformed aluminum upper rail, while the Super Duty uses a hydroformed HSLA-350 steel rail. Gerry Bonanni, Ford Senior Damageability Engineer, states in the article, “Repairers are strongly advised to research the repair. That is probably the single strongest piece of advice I can give.”
Ford also talks about current and future advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). They touch on a current system, Pedestrian Detection, which is featured on several different Ford/Lincoln models, such as the 2017 Ford Fusion. This system utilizes a bumper-mounted radar and a windshield-mounted camera to detect pedestrians while driving. They also talk about future systems, such as Evasive Steering Assist and Wrong-Way alert. These systems are expected to start being utilized within the next two years.
Finally, they announce that you can get replacement boxes and cabs for the F-150. To read the entire issue go to https://rts.i-car.com/images/pdf/oem-info/ford/on-target/29304.pdf. You can also go to the Ford OEM Information or Lincoln OEM Information on the RTS website to easily access this publication.