How to enable lane centering on Ford F-150

Ford F-150 may be equipped with lane centering assist that helps the driver keep the vehicle centered in the middle of the intended lane.

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

Adaptive cruise control with lane centering on Ford F-150 uses radar and camera sensors to help keep your vehicle in the lane by applying continuous assistance steering torque input toward the lane center on highways.


Note: The adaptive cruise control gap setting operates normally.

Enable and disable lane centering

Lane centering can be turned on or off via the SYNC 4 infotainment system on Ford F-150.

  1. Select Features on the touchscreen.
  2. Select Driver Assistance.
  3. Select Cruise Control.
  4. Switch Lane Centering on or off.
Lane Centering enable/disable option on SYNC 4, Ford F-150 14th generation

Switching Lane Centering On and Off

Lane Centering can be turned on by pressing its dedicated button on the steering wheel. Make sure adaptive cruise control is turned on before you press the button.

Lane centering on/off button

You must keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times on F-150.

You can override the system at any time by steering your vehicle.

Which Ford F-150 models have Lane Centering?

Lane Centering is part of Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 package which is standard on King Ranch, Platinum and Limited variants. Its an optional feature on XLT and Lariat. This feature is not available on base XL trim.


Lane Centering Indicators

Lane centering symbol illuminates in the instrument cluster screen of Ford F-150 when you switch lane centering on.

Lane centering active indicator (2021 F-150)

The color of the indicator changes to indicate the system status.

  • Gray indicates the system is on but inactive.
  • Green indicates the system is active and applying steering torque assistance input to keep your vehicle in the center of the lane.
  • Amber with an audible tone and then gray indicates a system automatic cancellation.

Lane Centering Requirements

You must keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times.

The system only activates when all of the following occur:

  • You have adaptive cruise control with stop and go on.
  • Lane centering assist is enabled in your information and entertainment screen.
  • You have your hands on the steering wheel.
  • The system detects both lane markings.

If it does not detect valid lane markings, the system stays inactive until valid markings are available.

Lane Centering Limitations

Lane Centering may not correctly operate in any of the following conditions:

  • Your vehicle is not centered in the lane.
  • The lane is too narrow or wide.
  • The system does not detect at least one lane marking or when lanes merge or split.
  • Limited steering torque input is applied.
  • Areas under construction or new infrastructure.
  • When modifications to the steering system have been made.
  • When using a spare tire.
  • In high wind conditions.

The driving assistance torque is limited and may not be sufficient for all driving situations such as driving through tight curves or driving through curves at high speeds. In exceptional conditions, the system may deviate from the center line.

Note that adaptive cruise control limitations apply on top of lane centering limitations.

Lane Centering Alerts

You must keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times. When the system is active and detects no steering activity for a period of time, the system alerts you to put your hands on the steering wheel. If you do not react to the warnings the system cancels and slows your vehicle down to idle speeds while maintaining steering control.

The system also alerts you if your vehicle crosses lane markings without detected steering activity.

Note: The system may detect a light grip or touch on the steering wheel as hands-off driving.

When an external condition cancels the system, for example, no lane markings available, a tone sounds and a message appears in the instrument cluster display.

If your vehicle starts to slow down, provide steering input to the wheel and press and release the resume button to regain full system performance.

Resume button on the steering wheel of Ford F-150 14th gen

Note: The system disables until the next key cycle if your vehicle slows down due to driver inactivity twice within a key cycle.

Automatic Cancellation

When an external condition cancels the lane centering system on F-150, for example, no lane markings available, a tone sounds and a message appears in the instrument cluster display.

Automatic cancellation can also occur if:

  • The lane becomes too wide or too narrow.
  • The system cannot detect valid lane markings.
  • Lane markings cross over one another.

Video Demonstration

Watch this official video by Ford to see how Lane Centering feature functionality
Contact the author: joshwoods@wheelsjoint.com



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