2018 Ford F-150: 360 Split-View Display
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor
When you see an F-150 from the early to mid-'90s, you realize how insanely massive today's truck is. When I cross the bow of our 2018 Ford F-150 on my way to the driver's seat, the hoodline nearly reaches my shoulder. If this truck hit me, I don't think I'd go cartwheeling over the hood like you see in videos. I'm sure I'd just be inhaled into the engine compartment.
The truck's mass makes it hard to get a real sense of space around the bumpers and fenders, and it makes me approach tight quarters with a craned neck and a murmur of prayer. A bird's-eye surround-view camera would help here.
Ford has one that it calls the "360 Split-View Display." It's standard on the top Limited trim and optional on Platinum, King Ranch and Lariat trims. But it's not offered at all on XL and XLT trims.
Our Lariat doesn't have the Technology package in which the 360 display is bundled. I wanted to see what it would cost anyway, but an error on the F-150 website configurator doesn't list the Tech package. (The error was confirmed via text chat with a friendly Ford rep or fairly nuanced AI bot, still not sure which.)
Later, we learned that the Tech package is available only in conjunction with the 502A Equipment Group, which we have. For an additional $1,395, it bundles the 360 Split-View Display; lane keeping assist; active park assist, which enables semiautonomous parallel parking; and dynamic hitch assist, which adds guidelines to a rear camera display to ease backing the truck up to a trailer.
Shame that Ford doesn't offer the surround-view camera for all trims, though. Neither does the Nissan Titan for that matter; it's only available on two Titan trims. The Ram 1500, the Silverado and the Tundra don't yet offer 360-degree cameras, although photos of 2019 Ram prototypes suggest a surround-view will be offered.
Dan Frio, staff writer @ 8,300 miles