Ford Taurus Owners Manual: Rear-view camera system


The rear view camera system is a reverse aid supplement device that still requires the driver to use it in conjunction with the interior and exterior mirrors for maximum coverage.


Objects that are close to either corner of the bumper or under the bumper, might not be seen on the screen due to the limited coverage of the camera system.


Back up as slow as possible since higher speeds might limit your reaction time to stop the vehicle.


Use caution when using the rear video camera and the trunk is ajar. If the trunk is ajar, the camera will be out of position and the video image may be incorrect. All guidelines (if enabled) have been removed when the trunk is ajar.


Use caution when turning camera features on or off while in R (Reverse). Make sure the vehicle is not moving.

The rear view camera system provides a video image of the area behind the vehicle.

During operation, lines appear in the display which represent your vehicle’s path and proximity to objects behind the vehicle.

The camera is located on the trunk

The camera is located on the trunk under the badge.

Using the Rear View Camera System

The rear view camera system displays what is behind your vehicle when you place the transmission in R. The system uses fixed guidelines which show the actual path the vehicle is moving in while reversing in a straight line. This can be helpful when backing into a parking space or aligning the vehicle with another object behind the vehicle.

Note: Do not use the camera system if the trunk is ajar.

Note: If the image comes on while the transmission is not in R, have the system inspected by your authorized dealer.

Note: When towing, the camera only sees what is being towed behind the vehicle. This might not provide adequate coverage as it usually provides in normal operation and some objects might not be seen.

In some vehicles, the guidelines may disappear once the trailer tow connector is engaged.

Note: The camera may not operate correctly under the following conditions: • Nighttime or dark areas if one or both reverse lamps are not operating.

• The camera’s view is obstructed by mud, water or debris. Clean the lens with a soft, lint-free cloth and non-abrasive cleaner.

• The rear of the vehicle is hit or damaged, causing the camera to become misaligned.

Guidelines and the Centerline

Note: Fixed guidelines and active guidelines (if equipped) are only available when the transmission is in R (Reverse).

Note: The centerline is only available if Fixed or Active (if equipped) guidelines are on.

A. Active guidelines (if equipped)

A. Active guidelines (if equipped)

B. Centerline

C. Fixed guideline: Green zone

D. Fixed guideline: Yellow zone

E. Fixed guideline: Red zone

F. Rear bumper

If your vehicle is equipped with active guidelines they are only shown with fixed guidelines. To use active guidelines, turn the steering wheel to point the guidelines toward an intended path. If the steering wheel position is changed while reversing, the vehicle might deviate from the original intended path.

The fixed and active guidelines fade in and out depending on the steering wheel position. When the steering wheel position is straight, the active guidelines are not shown.

Always use caution while reversing. Objects in the red zone are closest to your vehicle and objects in the green zone are further away. Objects are getting closer to your vehicle as they move from the green zone to the yellow or red zones. Use the side view mirrors and rear view mirror to get better coverage on both sides and rear of the vehicle.

Selectable settings for this feature are ACTIVE + FIXED, FIXED and OFF.

Enhanced Park Aids

Note: Enhanced park aids is only available when the transmission is in R (Reverse).

Note: The reverse sensing system is not effective at speeds above 3 mph (5 km/h) and may not detect certain angular or moving objects.

The enhanced park aids allows the driver to view the area that is being detected by the reverse sensing system. The system uses red, yellow and green highlights which appear on top of the video image when an object is detected by the reverse sensing system. The alert highlights the closest object detected. The reverse sensing alert can be disabled and if enhanced park aids is enabled, highlighted areas are still displayed.

Selectable settings for this feature are ON and OFF.

Manual Zoom


When manual zoom is on, the full area behind the vehicle is not shown. Be aware of your surroundings when using the manual zoom feature.

Note: Manual zoom is only available when the transmission is in R (Reverse).

Note: When manual zoom is enabled, only the centerline is shown.

Allows the driver to get a closer view of an object behind the vehicle.

The zoomed image keeps the bumper in the image to provide a reference. When the transmission is shifted out of R (Reverse), the feature automatically turns off and must be reset when it is used again.

Selectable settings for this feature are (+) and (-). The default setting for the manual zoom is OFF.

Rear Camera Delay

When shifting the transmission out of R (Reverse) and into any gear other than P (Park), the camera image remains in the display until the vehicle speed reaches 6 mph (10 km/h). This occurs when the rear camera delay feature is on, or until a radio button is selected.

Selectable settings for this feature are ON and OFF. The default setting for the rear camera delay is OFF.

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