What is the Ford Side Sensing System?*

The Side Sensing feature is an enhancement to the Forward Sensing and Reverse Sensing systems. It uses a chime and a visual diagram display on your touchscreen with red, yellow, and green highlights to indicate where the closest object to your vehicle is detected.

The sensors are on the front and rear bumpers. The sensors are active when the transmission is in any position other than Park (P). The system turns off when the vehicle speed reaches 5 mph (8 km/h).

Distance Object IndicatorSide Sensing System

The system provides object distance indication through the information display.

  • Yellow: Objects detected between 24 in (60 cm) and 12 in (30 cm)

  • Red: Objects detected below 12 in (30 cm)

As the distance to the object decreases, the indicators illuminate and move towards the vehicle icon. 

If there is no object detected, the distance indicator blocks are gray.

Warning Tone Indicator

A warning tone sounds when your vehicle approaches an object in the yellow zone. The warning tone continuously sounds when an object is 12 in. away or less.

When you stop your vehicle, the audible warning turns off after two seconds and the visual warning turns off after four seconds.


  • Keep the sensors free from snow, ice, and large accumulations of dirt.
  • Do not cover up sensors.
  • Do not clean the sensors with sharp objects.
  • If your vehicle sustains damage leaving the sensors misaligned, this may cause inaccurate measurements or false alerts.
  • Some accessories, for example, larger trailer hitches or bike or surfboard racks can cause reduced performance or false alerts.

Additional Information

What is Forward Sensing System
What is Reverse Sensing System

*Feature is available on select vehicles. Features may vary based on model year, trim, options, packages, and supply availability. Use the Build and Price tool to view feature availability on current models. If you have questions or need more information, reference your Owner’s Manual or contact your Ford Dealer. Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment, and need to control the vehicle. Refer to your Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.