Contemporary trucks boast a bounty of progressive technologies that enhance safety and convenience on each journey. Here are just four modern tech systems that modern drivers will appreciate.
Also known as a 360-degree camera system, this high-tech feature to give you a bird’s eye view of your surroundings. The goal is to increase visibility to make backing up and maneuvering in tight places safer and less stressful. The GMC Sierra 1500, for example, offers this system. It uses four cameras to project an overhead video image of the truck on the center stack display.
High-tech trailering features make accessing and loading/unloading cargo easier. For instance, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers a power up/down tailgate. Like its name implies, this tool lets you lift or lower the tailgate by pressing a button on the key fob, tailgate, or inside of the cabin. It’s a nifty function that makes it easie to load cargo into the truck bed when your arms are full. The MultiPro tailgate on the GMC Sierra 1500 is another impressive technology, offering six separate functions to suit different tasks.
This useful function on the 2019 Silverado 1500 elaborates on the truck’s Rear Vision Camera system by adding a dynamic backing guideline. This parameters offer a visual cue, making it easier to hitch a trailer on the first try so you can spend more time on the road instead of prepping for the journey.
Some trucks let you see inside of the trailer during the drive, so you won’t have to make an extra stop to manually check it. For instance, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD has a Transparent Trailer View function as part of its trailer tech package. This function is also helpful if you want to see what’s directly behind the camper or trailer you’re towing.
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