How to use Lane Keeping System on Ford F-150 – 14th generation

The lane keeping system on Ford F-150 helps prevent unintentional drifting out of your lane by vibrating the steering wheel or by gently guiding your vehicle back into the lane. You can configure alerts and settings to your preferences.

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

The lane keeping system uses a forward looking camera mounted on the windshield to monitor vehicle movement within the travel lane.


When the camera detects a drift out of the travel lane, the lane keeping system alerts the driver by vibrating the steering wheel, or aids the driver by providing a small steering input to move the vehicle back into the travel lane.

The driver can select one of three modes:

  • Alert
  • Aid
  • Alert + Aid

Switching Lane Keeping System on and off

To activate the lane keeping system on Ford F-150, press its designated button on the steering wheel. To deactivate, press the button again.

Lane-keeping assist button on the steering wheel of 14th gen F-150

When switching the system on or off, a message appears in the instrument cluster display to show the status.

Selecting Lane Keeping System Mode

The lane keeping system has different settings that you can view or adjust via the SYNC 4 infotainment system on Ford F-150. The system stores the last known selection for each of these settings. You do not need to readjust your settings each time you switch on the system.

  1. Go to Features tab on the center touchscreen.
  2. Select Driver Assistance.
  3. Select Lane-Keeping System.
  4. Select Lane-Keeping Mode.
  5. Select Alert, Aid or Alert+Aid depending on your preference.
Lane-Keeping Mode Selection

The system remembers the last setting when you start your vehicle. If the system detects a MyKey, it defaults to the last setting for that MyKey.


Alert Mode

Alert mode on Ford F-150 vibrates the steering wheel when it detects an unintended lane departure. The intensity of the vibration can be set through the lane keeping system settings in SYNC 4 infotainment system.

  1. Select Features tab on the center touchscreen.
  2. Select Driver Assistance.
  3. Select Lane-Keeping System.
  4. Select Lane-Keeping Intensity.
  5. Select High, Normal or Low.
Lane-Keeping Intensity settings

Aid Mode

Aid mode on F-150 provides temporary steering assistance toward the center of the lane.

The lane keeping system aids you when an unintentional lane departure occurs. The system provides a small steering input to move the vehicle towards the center of the lane.

Alert and Aid Mode

Alert and aid mode on Ford F-150 uses multiple features to keep you in your lane. The system first provides a small steering input to bring your vehicle back towards the center of the lane. If your vehicle moves too far out of the center of the lane the system alerts you with vibration in the steering wheel.

Lane Keeping System Indicators

If you switch the lane keeping system on, a graphic with lane markings appears in the F-150’s information display.

Lane-Keeping System enabled indicator on 2021 Ford F-150 (14th generation)

When you switch the system off, the lane marking graphics do not display. The overhead vehicle graphic may still display if adaptive cruise control is enabled. While the lane keeping system is on, the color of the lane markings change to indicate the system status.

  • Gray: Indicates that the system is temporarily unavailable to provide a warning or intervention on the indicated side.
  • Green: Indicates that the system is available or ready to provide a warning or intervention on the indicated side.
  • Yellow: Indicates that the system is providing or has just provided a lane keeping aid intervention.
  • Red: Indicates that the system is providing or has just provided a lane keeping alert warning.

Which Ford F-150 models have Lane Keeping System?

Lane Keeping System is a standard feature on all Ford F-150 trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited.

System Limitations

The lane keeping system on Ford F-150 only operates when the vehicle speed is greater than 40 mph (64 km/h).

The system works when the camera can detect at least one lane marking.

The lane keeping system may not correctly operate in any of the following conditions:

  • The lane keeping system does not detect at least one lane marking.
  • You switch the turn signal on.
  • You apply direct steering, accelerate fast or brake hard.
  • The vehicle speed is less than 40 mph (64 km/h).
  • The anti-lock brake, stability control or traction control system activates.
  • The lane is too narrow.
  • Something is obscuring the camera or it is unable to detect the lane markings due to environment, traffic or vehicle conditions.
  • Entering or exiting a tight curve when driving at high speeds.

The lane keeping system on Ford F-150 may not correct lane positioning in any of the following conditions:

  • High winds.
  • Uneven road surfaces.
  • Heavy or uneven loads.
  • Incorrect tire pressure.

Troubleshooting

Why is the feature not available (lane markings are gray) when I can see the lane markings on the road?

  • Your vehicle speed is less than 40 mph (65 km/h).
  • The sun is shining directly into the camera lens.
  • A quick intentional lane change has occurred.
  • Your vehicle stays too close to the lane markings for an extended interval of time.
  • Driving at high speeds in curves.
  • The last alert warning or aid intervention occurred a short time ago.
  • Ambiguous lane markings, for example, in construction zones.
  • Rapid transition from light to dark, or from dark to light. Sudden offset in lane markings.
  • ABS or AdvanceTrac™ is active.
  • There is a camera blockage due to dirt, grime, fog, frost or water on the windshield.
  • You are driving too close to the vehicle in front of you.
  • Transitioning between no lane markings to lane markings, or vice versa.
  • There is standing water on the road.
  • Faint lane markings, for example, partial yellow lane markings on concrete roads.
  • Lane width is too narrow or too wide.
  • You have not calibrated the camera after a windshield replacement.
  • Driving on tight or on uneven roads.

Why does the vehicle not come back toward the middle of the lane, as expected, in the Aid, or Aid + Alert mode?

  • High cross winds are present.
  • There is a large road crown.
  • Rough roads, grooves or shoulder drop-offs.
  • Heavy, uneven loading of the vehicle or improper tire inflation pressure.
  • You changed the tires or modified the suspension.

Video Demonstration

Watch this official video by Ford to see how Lane Keeping System works on Ford vehicles
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