How do side parking sensors work on Ford F-150

Your Ford F-150 may be equipped with side parking sensors or front and rear outermost parking aid sensors that map objects that are near to the sides of your vehicle.

Ford F-150 14th generation – (photo by Ford)

When the side parking aid detects an object within the coverage area and the driving path of your vehicle, an audible warning sounds. As your vehicle moves closer to the object, the rate of the tone increases.


The sensor coverage is up to 24 in (60 cm) from the sides of your vehicle. The side parking sensors are in the front and rear bumpers.

Side parking sensor location on Ford F-150 14th gen

The system provides object distance indication through the information display:

  • As the distance to the object decreases, the indicator blocks illuminate and move toward the vehicle icon.
  • If there is no object detected, the distance indicator blocks are grey.
Visual indication of side parking sensor on Ford F-150 which is accompanied by audible tone.

Visual indication remains on when the transmission is in reverse (R). When you stop your vehicle, visual indication turns off after four seconds.

If the parking aids are not available, the side distance indicator blocks do not display.

Side parking sensors limitations

The side parking aid on Ford F-150 may not function if:

  • You switch your vehicle on, off and back on within a few seconds.
  • Your vehicle remains stationary for over two minutes.
  • The anti-lock brake system activates.
  • The traction control system activates.

Note: If you switch traction control off on F-150, the side sensing system also turns off.


To reinitialize the system, drive the length of your vehicle.

The side parking aid does not detect an object that is moving toward the side of your vehicle, for example another vehicle moving at a low speed, if it does not pass a front or rear parking aid sensor.

If your vehicle is in neutral (N), the side sensing system provides visual indication only when your vehicle is moving below 7 mph (12 km/h) and there is a front or rear park aid obstacle detected, and the side obstacle is within 24 in (60 cm) from the side of your vehicle. Once your vehicle reaches a stop, the visual indication stops after a few seconds.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com



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