2017 Ford F-150 Owners Manual - Active Park Assist

Active Park Assist

Parallel Parking Assist
WARNING   WARNING:  You must remain in your vehicle when the system turns on. At all times, you are responsible for controlling your vehicle, supervising the system and intervening, if required. Failure to take care may result in the loss of control of your vehicle, serious personal injury or death.
WARNING   WARNING:  The sensors may not detect objects in heavy rain or other conditions that cause interference.
WARNING   WARNING:  Active park assist does not apply the brakes under any circumstances.
WARNING   WARNING:  The system is designed to aid the driver. It is not intended to replace your attention and judgment. You are still responsible to drive with due care and attention.

Note:   The Blind Spot Information System does not detect traffic alongside or behind your vehicle during an Active Park Assist maneuver.
The system detects an available parallel parking space and automatically steers your vehicle into the space (hands-free) while you control the accelerator, gearshift and brakes. The system visually and audibly guides you when parking your vehicle.
If you are uncomfortable with the proximity to any vehicle or object, you may choose to override the system by grabbing the steering wheel or by pressing the active park assist button.
The system may not correctly operate in any of the following conditions:
  • You use a spare tire or a tire significantly worn more than the other tires.
  • One or more tires are improperly inflated.
  • You try to park on a tight curve.
  • Something passes between the front bumper and the parking space. For example, a pedestrian or cyclist.
  • The edge of the neighboring parked vehicle is high off the ground. For example, a bus, tow truck or flatbed truck.
  • The weather conditions are poor.For example, during heavy rain, snow or fog.
Note:   Keep the sensors on the bumper or fascia free from snow, ice and large accumulations of dirt.Covered sensors can affect the system's accuracy.Do not clean the sensors with sharp objects.
Note:   The sensors may not detect objects with surfaces that absorb ultrasonic waves or cause ultrasonic interference. For example, motorcycle exhaust, truck air brakes or horns.
Note:   Following a change in tire size, the system must recalibrate and operation may be impaired for a short time.
Do not use the system if:
  • You have attached a foreign object close to the sensors on the front or rear of your vehicle. For example, a bike rack or trailer.
  • You attach an overhanging object to the roof. For example, a surfboard.
  • A foreign object damages or obstructs the front or rear bumper or side sensors.
  • The correct tire size is not in use on your vehicle. For example, a mini-spare tire.
Using Active Park Assist - Parallel Parking
Park Assist  Press the Active Park Assist button once to search for a parallel parking space.
When driving at a speed less than 35 km/h, the system automatically scans both sides of your vehicle for an available parking space. The system displays a message and a corresponding graphic to indicate it is searching for a parking space. Use the direction indicator to select searching either to the left-hand side or right-hand side of your vehicle.
Note:   If the direction indicators are not used, the system defaults to the passenger side of your vehicle.
Parking Aid Indicators
Note:   You can also switch the system on after you have already driven partially or completely past a parking space. Press the Active Park Assist button and the system informs you if you have recently passed a suitable parking space.
When the system finds a suitable space, it displays a message and a tone sounds. Stop your vehicle and follow the instructions on the screen. If your vehicle is moving very slowly, you may need to pull forward a short distance before the system is ready to park.
Note:   You must observe that the space the system selects remains clear of obstructions at all times during the maneuver.
Note:   Drive your vehicle within 1.5 m and as parallel as possible to the other vehicles while passing a parking space.
Note:   The system always offers the last parking space it detects. For example, if your vehicle detects multiple spaces while you are driving, it offers the last one.
Note:   If driven above approximately 35 km/h, the system shows a message to alert you to reduce your vehicle speed.
Automatically Steering into a Parking Space
Note:   If your vehicle speed exceeds approximately 9 km/h or you interrupt the maneuver, the system switches off and you need to take full control of your vehicle.
When you shift the transmission into reverse (R), with your hands off the steering wheel and nothing obstructing its movement, your vehicle steers itself into the space (hands-free). The system displays instructions to move your vehicle backward and forward in the space.
Parking Aid System
When you believe your vehicle is properly parked, or you hear a solid tone accompanied by a display message, bring your vehicle to a complete stop.
When the Active Park Assist maneuver is complete, the system displays a message and a tone sounds.
Note:   You are responsible for checking your parked vehicle and making any necessary corrections before leaving your vehicle.
Deactivating the Active Park Assist Feature
You can manually deactivate the system by:
  • Pressing the Active Park Assist button during an active maneuver.
  • Grabbing the steering wheel during an active maneuver.
  • Driving above approximately 35 km/h for 30 seconds while searching for a parking space.
  • Driving above approximately 10 km/h during an active maneuver.
  • Switching the traction control system off.
Certain vehicle conditions may also deactivate the system, for example:
  • The traction control system activates.
  • There is an anti-lock brake system activation or failure.
If a problem occurs with the system, a warning message displays accompanied by a tone.Occasional system messages may occur in normal operation.For recurring or frequent system faults, contact an authorized dealer.
Troubleshooting the System

Symptom   Possible Cause  
The system does not look for a space.   You may have the traction control system switched off.  
The transmission is in reverse (R). Your vehicle must be moving forward to be able to detect a parking space.  
The system does not offer a parking space.   The sensors may be covered. For example, snow, ice or dirt buildup. Covered sensors can affect how the system functions.  
There is not enough room in the parking space for your vehicle to safely park.  
There is not enough space for the parking maneuver on the opposite side of the parking space.  
The parking space is more than 1.5 m or less than 0.4 m away.  
Your vehicle speed is greater than 35 km/h.  
You recently disconnected or replaced the battery. After a battery disconnect, you must drive your vehicle on a straight road for a short period of time.  
The system does not position the vehicle correctly.   Your vehicle is rolling in the opposite direction of the current transmission position. For example, rolling forward when in reverse (R).  
An irregular curb along the parking space prevents the system from aligning your vehicle properly.  
Improperly parked vehicles or objects are boarding the space.  
Your vehicle is too far past the parking space. The system performs best when you drive the same distance past the parking space.  
You have incorrectly installed or maintained the tires. For example, not inflated correctly, improper size, or of different sizes.  
A repair or alteration changes the detection capabilities.  
A parked vehicle has a high attachment. For example, a salt sprayer, snowplow or moving truck bed.  
The parking space length or position of parked objects changes after your vehicle passes the space.  
The temperature around your vehicle quickly changes. For example, driving from a heated garage into the cold, or after leaving a car wash.  

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