2021 Ram 1500 Available Safety and Security Features
2021 RAM 1500 AVAILABLE SAFETY/SECURITY FEATURES
Digital Rearview Mirror
A digital rearview mirror is available to replace the traditional rearview mirror:
- Mirror is actually a 9.2-inch wide LCD monitor
- Displays video in real time from a rear-facing camera and can be turned off creating a traditional reflective mirror.
- Provides an unobstructed rear view that enhances safety and helps prevent accidents while on the job.
- Buttons on the mirror allow the user to adjust brightness and shift the displayed images up and down.
Heads Up Display
Add the available Heads-Up-Display for added convenience and extra driving confidence on the road:
- Full-color display
- Projects vehicle information onto the front windshield in the drivers field of view
- Displays up to five different content areas at the same time, adjustable via steering wheel controls.
- Customizable through the Uconnect 12.0 with Navigation
- Choose to display vehicle speed and gear range data, advanced safety systems like lane departure or adaptive cruise and turn-by-turn navigation direction
Electronic Stability Control
Electronic Stability Control
- Monitors sensors in the steering column and passenger compartment
- Constantly compares steering action and vehicle yaw (rotation)
When vehicle begins to understeer:
- ESC Automatically applies the inside rear brake to help achieve the desired turn
When vehicle begins to oversteer:
- ESC automatically applies the outside front brake to help correct oversteering
ESC may also reduce engine power in addition to braking
ESC helps put you back on track
Brake Assist helps support the driver in reaching the shortest possible stopping distance in a panic-braking situation:
- When the driver applies brake pressure during what the system interprets as a panic stop but not enough pressure is applied, the system applies additional braking pressure
- This helps improve the stopping distance in a panic-braking situation
Ready Alert Braking
When a driver lifts his or her foot off the accelerator abruptly, Ready Alert Braking prompts ABS to apply a slight amount of brake pressure
- Sets brake pads against rotors – “readying” the brakes for full application
- Full braking is available more quickly
- May help reduce stopping distances
Rain Brake Support
Rain Brake Support activates with windshield wipers:
- ABS pump periodically pushes brake pads lightly against the rotors to help keep rotors and pads dry
- Helps ensure brakes perform at peak efficiency and effectiveness
Provides enhanced driving confidence during we road conditions
Trailer Sway Damping
Trailer Sway Damping uses the ESC sensors to recognize an excessively swaying trailer and takes the appropriate actions to attempt to help stop the sway:
- Applies brake pressure on alternating wheels
- If necessary, adjusts the throttle
- Once an excessively swaying trailer is recognized, the system activates automatically
- Results in reduced trailer sway and improved stability to help increase towing safety
Helps bring the vehicle and trailer under control
Electronic Roll Mitigation
Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) uses the ESC sensors to help reduce potential wheel/tire lift during severe or evasive maneuvers:
- Determines that a change in steering and vehicle speed is sufficient to potentially cause tire lift
- Applies individual brakes with a high burst of pressure
- Causes the outside tire to slip; vehicle’s weight transfers back over inside tires
- Helps keep all four tires solidly on ground
- ERM reduces potential for tire lift during severe/evasive maneuvers
- Cannot prevent tire lift due to other factors, such as road conditions, leaving roadway or striking objects or other vehicles.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
Tire Pressure Monitoring Display in the instrument cluster identifies the actual tire pressure for each tire:
- The cluster screen changes to tire pressure display when the system senses low pressure in any tire.
- An audible chime signals a low-pressure condition
- System automatically checks air pressure in all four tires using sensors integrated with valve stems
- Sends continuous radio frequency signals, alerting you when pressure is too low
Monitoring proper tire pressure helps promote safer operation and longer tire life, while helping to support operating efficiency
Tire Pressure Information System
The Tire Pressure Information System:
- Display in the instrument cluster identifies the actual tire pressure for each of the four tires
- The cluster screen identifies when the system senses low pressure in any tire
- System automatically checks air pressure sensors integrated with valve stems
- Sends continuous radio frequency signals
- Pressure readout only (no alert)
Tire Fill Alert
Tire Fill Alert adds to the Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
- When a tire is being inflated, a brief horn chip indicates that the correct pressure is reached.
When valet mode is enabled, it allows the owner to safely turn over the Ram 1500 TRX to an inexperienced driver by:
- Reducing horsepower and torque by remapping the engine and limiting the engine to 4,000 rpm
- Locking out access to first gear and upshifting earlier than normal
- Setting traction, steering and suspension to their “Street” settings
- Disabling the steering-wheel paddle shifters
- Disabling Drive Mode functions
- Enabling the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to Full On
- Disabling Launch Control
The driver can activate and de-activate Valet mode with a four digit PIN code that they create.
Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring
The available Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring system can be a key to improving trailer uptime and reduced cost-of-ownership
With up to 12 sensors installed on your trailer’s tires, the system:
- Enables convenient trailer tire air-pressure monitoring through the vehicle’s Driver Information Display.
- Contributes to extended tire life and enhanced fuel efficiency
- Can help decrease maintenance costs
- Improves safety
- Reduces potential for roadside assistance
The available Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring system (TTPMS) monitors the pressure of each tire on your trailer:
- The instrument cluster will display trailer tire pressures and certain warnings, like low tire pressure or system malfunctions.
- The TTPMS is configured through the Trailer settings menu in the Uconnect system
- You can configure the number of axles, tires, and tire pressure for a particular trailer, and have up to four trailers stored in the system.
Multistage driver and front-passenger airbags
- Deploy during a severe frontal or near-frontal impact
- Help provide nearly instantaneous occupant protection by matching airbag output to crash severity
Supplemental front-seat-mounted side airbags
- Help provide enhanced protection for the driver and front outboard passenger in certain impacts
Supplemental side-curtain airbags
- Help extend protection to all outboard passengers
- Only the bags on the impact side of the vehicle deploy
Premium LED Headlamps
Available premium LED projector headlamps:
- Bi-functional LED low/high beams
- Active Forward Lighting System (AFLS) can pivot 15 degrees either side of center to increase night visibility around curves.
- LED signature daytime running lamps and amber LED turn signals included.
Sentry Key with immobilizer:
- A specialty encoded key fob is matched to the vehicle
- Without the properly encoded key fob, the start button will not start the vehicle
Rain Sensitive Automatic Wiper System
Available Rain-Sensitive Automatic Wiper System monitors moisture on the windshield:
- Turns on the windshield wipers automatically (with wiper delay settings selected)
- Sensitivity adjusted using multifunction lever
- Infrared rain sensor on inside of windshield “reads” refraction of light
- When moisture builds, affecting light refraction, rain-sensing module activates wipers
Quad Halogen Headlamps
Halogen reflector headlamps produce more light per watt than previous-design headlamps for impressive lighting performance:
- On average, the halogen bulbs provide a service life of 1,000 hours
- Relatively inexpensive to replace
- Clear lens is made of polycarbonate material and is impact resistant for durability and long life
- Activated through a photoelectric sensor
- Sensor reads lighting conditions continuously
- Driver can operate the headlamps manually, using the switch
LED Reflector Headlamps
Available LED Headlamps
- LED lamps produce “daylight” white light
- LED light appears brighter and more intense on the road
- LED low beams illuminate twice as wide as previous design
Auto High Beam Headlamp Control
Available Auto High-Beam Headlamp Control detects ambient lighting conditions:
- Presence of headlamps or tail lamps of vehicle in front
- System automatically switches to low-beam headlamps
- Automatically provides maximum light for nighttime driving
- Switches to low beams when traveling at or below certain speeds, such as driving into a neighborhood at night
Remote Keyless Entry
Available Keyless Entry
- Allows you to lcok and unlock the doors at the touch of a button on the key fob
- The locking strategy is configurable through the Uconnect Touchscreen: unlock all doors or certain doors, based upon the number of button presses
AllSecure Central Locking System provides convenience and security
One Action locks/unlocks:
- RamBox Cargo Management System (if equipped)
HOW IT WORKS
- A small (#2) flat-blade screwdriver (or coin, emergency key)
- A new CR2032 3-volt battery
To replace the battery:
- Slide the mechanical latch on the back of the key fob sideways
- Remove the emergency key
- Insert the #2 flat blade screwdriver, coin or emergency key into the gap next to the emergency key slot an carefully pry the cover slightly open
- Using your fingers, separate the case
- Carefully remove the old battery
- Insert the new battery with the positive pole facing down
- Put the case back together and snap it shut
- Reinsert the emergency key
ParkView Rear Back-up Camera
Whenever you shift into REVERSE, the rear camera system displays an image of the area behind you in the center console touchscreen:
- Active guidelines can be overlaid on the image to illustrate the width of the vehicle and its projected backup path
With the Camera Delay feature turned on, the rear camera image will be displayed for up to 10 seconds when the vehicle is shifted in REVERSE:
- Unless the forward vehicle speed exceeds 8 mph
- The transmission is shifted into PARK, or
- The vehicle’s ignition is cycled on the Off position
- You may also use the “X” button to close the feature window
The camera is mounted on the rear of the vehicle:
- If snow, mud, or other debris builds up on the camera lens, clean the lens, rinse with water, and dry with a soft cloth.
ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist System
The ParkSense Front and Rear ParkAssist system uses sensors to scan for obstacles any time you drive forward or reverse at speeds less than 7 mph:
- Sensors on the rear of the vehicle
- Sensors in the front bumper
When the system detects an obstacle:
- A tone is heard
- The ParkAssist warning appears in the instrument cluster display
- The system shows an arc in the area of the obstacle, based on its relative distance and location
- As you approach the obstacle, the tone will change from slow, to fast, to continuous
- If an object is detected, the system may automatically attempt to brake
- The ParkSense brake assist feature can be turned on or off in the Safety and Driving Assistance portion of the Touchscreen Settings
Always keep the sensors clear of dirt, snow and other debris to ensure proper system function.
Blind Spot Monitoring & Rear Cross-Path Detection
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) uses sensors located inside the taillamps:
- The system monitors vehicles that enter the blind spot zones from the rear, front or side of your vehicle.
When the vehicle is started:
- The BSM warning light will be momentarily illuminated in both outside rearview mirrors to confirm that the system is operational
The BSM detection zone covers approximately one lane on both sides of the vehicle:
- The zone starts at the outside rearview mirror and extends back toward the rear of the vehicle
- The system begins monitoring the detection zones on both sides of the vehicle when your vehicle speed has reached approximately 6 mph or higher
- The BSM warning light located in the outside mirrors. (Excludes vehicles traveling in the opposite direction)
The system will issue an alert:
- If a vehicle comes up from behind your vehicle
- If you turn signal in a direction, the system senses a vehicle in the detection zone
- If the difference in speed between the two vehicles is greater than 15 mph the warning light will not illuminate.
To ensure system function:
- Keep the taillights clear of dirt, snow and other debris.
- Do not block the area with foreign objects
The Rear Cross Path (RCP) feature can help you back out of parking spaces where your view of oncoming vehicles may be blocked:
- Proceed slowly and cautiously out of the parking space until the back of the vehicle is exposed
- Once the RCP has a clear view of the cross traffic, it will alert you of an oncoming vehicle
- RCP monitors the rear detection zones for objects that are moving toward the sides of the vehicle at speeds between 3-20 mph
Keep in Mind:
- In a parking lot, oncoming vehicles can be obscured by vehicles parked on either side
- If the sensors are blocked by other structures or vehicles, the system will not be able to alert the driver
- Always use caution and avoid distractions when backing up
Trailer Merge Assist is a function of the BSM system that extends the blind spot zone while pulling a trailer:
- When a trailer’s electric brake harness is connected to the vehicle, a menu in the instrument cluster display allows you to select the trailer type.
- Only conventional trailers are supported. (Selecting Gooseneck or Fifth Wheel will disable the BSM system until the trailer is disconnected, or you disable and re-enable BSM in the Uconnect system)
- When Trailer Merge Assist is activated, the Rear Cross Path feature will be disabled
Automatic Trailer Detection has two modes to aid specifying trailer length:
- Max Mode will default to the maximum blind spot zone of 39.5 ft regardless of trailer length
- Auto Mode uses the blind spot sensors, along with forward movement of the vehicle, to determine a trailer’s presence and length.
- Once a trailer is detected, the system defaults to the maximum blind spot zone until you verify the length. (To do this, you’ll have to make a 90-degree turn. Within 30 seconds, the system will detect and display the trailer length category in the instrument cluster display)
- Trailer Merge Warning extends the blind spot zone to cover the trailer length, plus a safety margin.
- If another vehicle is detected in the zone on either side, the BSM warning light in the corresponding outside mirror will light up and an audible alert chime will be heard.
360° Surround View Camera System
The available Surround View Camera System allows you to see an on-screen image of the surroundings and top view of your vehicle whenever:
- The gear selector is put into REVERSE
- Or, the standard Backup Camera view is selected through the Uconnect System
- The top view of the vehicle will show which doors are open
- The image will be displayed on the touchscreen along with a caution note to “Check Entire Surroundings” across the top of the screen. (After five seconds, this note will disappear)
The Surround View Camera System:
- Consists of four sequential cameras
- Has programmable modes of operation that may be selected through the Uconnect Touchscreen
When the vehicle is shifted into REVERSE, the rear camera view and top view are the default views of the system:
- When enabled, active guide lines are overlaid on the image to illustrate the width of the projected backup path based on the steering wheel position.
While the camera view is displayed, and the vehicle speed is below 8 mph Zoom View is available by pushing the Magnifying Glass icon in the upper left of the display screen:
- This will increase the view to four times its original size
- Push the icon again to return to the previous view
On certain models, selecting the Cargo Camera will provide a full screen view of the pickup bed:
- The dynamic centerline (if equipped) can be turned on or off in the Uconnect system
- Provides an overlay that can be manually adjusted
- Responds to steering wheel movements to aid in hooking up a fifth wheel camper or gooseneck trailer
Trailer Reverse Guidance (if equipped) can assist the driver in backing up a trailer by providing adjustable camera views of the trailer and surrounding area:
- The cameras are mounted on the side mirrors and the images will be displayed side-by-side on the touchscreen
- Left and right camera images are swapped and mirrored on the touchscreen to show the equivalent area behind the vehicle as thought the driver is using the side mirrors.
The system can be deactivated when:
- The vehicle is out of REVERSE for more than 10 seconds
- The speed of the vehicle reaches greater than 8 mph
- The vehicle is shifted into PARK
- The ignition is cycled off
- The system’s “X” button is pushed when the vehicle is in PARK, NEUTRAL or DRIVE
- If snow, ice, mud or any foreign substance builds up on any of the camera lenses, clean the lens, rinse with water, and dry with a soft cloth.
- Do not cover the lens
- Always make sure you carefully check all areas surrounding your vehicle before backing up.
Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus
The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Plus System can warn you about potential front-end collisions:
- Uses data from the front sensors, electronic brake controller and wheel speed sensors to calculate a probable collision
When the Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Plus System decides a forward collision is probable:
- It delivers audio and visual warnings and a possible brake jerk warning
- If the driver does not take action based upon these progressive warnings, the system can provide limited braking to help avoid or mitigate a forward collision
- If a possible forward collision is detected while towing a trailer, your Electronic Braking System will also activate the trailer brakes, if equipped
- If a forward collision is no longer probable, the warning deactivates
- Other objects )guardrails or signposts, etc.) can trigger these warnings, especially when driving on a curve. (This is normal FCW function)
- FCW is not designed to avoid a collision on its own and it can’t detect every possible type of collision
- The driver has the responsibility to avoid a collision by braking and steering
- Turn the system on/off using the touchscreen
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop maintains a set distance between you and the driver in front of you without having to constantly reset your speed.
To turn ACC on:
- Push the ACC On/Off button on the steering wheel
- Push the Set+ or Set- buttons to engage
- The increase and Decrease Distance buttons let you change the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
- If there’s no driver ahead, the set speed will be unaffected
- But when a slower moving driver enters your lane, the system automatically adjusts your speed to maintain the distance setting.
- You’ll see the sensed vehicle indicator icon in the instrument cluster
- The system will maintain the set distance until the driver ahead accelerates above the set speed, moves out of your lane, or until the system is manually disengaged.
If the driver in front of you stops, ACC will maintain your set distance and bring you to a standstill as well.
Power Adjustable Pedals
The adjustable pedal system is designed to allow a greater range of driver comfort by moving the brake and accelerator pedals either closer or farther away:
- Use the adjustable pedal control switch located on the steering wheel column to move the pedals toward or away from you
- The pedals can be adjusted with the ignition off
LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus
LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus uses a forward-looking camera to monitor lane markings and the vehicle’s position within the lane boundaries
To activate the system:
- Push the LaneSense button on the switch panel below the Uconnect display on the center stack
- A “LanseSense On” message will be shown in the instrument cluster display
- To deactivate the system, push the button again
- The default status of LaneSense is off
If both lane markings are detected by the system and the driver unintentionally drifts out of the lane:
- The LaneSense system provides a warning in the form of torque applied to the steering wheel to prompt the driver to remain within the land boundaries.
- The system determines an unintentional drift if no turn signal has been activated
- If the driver continues to unintentionally drift out of the lane, the LaneSense system provides a visual warning through the instrument cluster display to prompt the driver to remain within the lane boundaries.
- The driver may manually override the initial warning by applying torque into the steering wheel at any time.
- When only a sing lane marking is detected and the driver unintentionally drifts across the lane marking without the turn signal applied, the LaneSense system provides a visual warning through the instrument cluster display to prompt the driver to remain within the lane.
- When only a single lane marking is detected, a haptic or torque warning will not be provided.
Advanced Safety Group
Add the available Advanced Safety Group for extra confidence on the road:
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
- Pedestrian Emergency Braking
- LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus
- SurroundView Camera System
- Automatic High-Beam Headlamp Control (Laramie Only)
- Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist with Stop
Available on Rebel, Laramie, Limited Longhorn, Limited and TRX
Parallel & Perpendicular Park Assist
The available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist System augments ParkSense Front/Rear Park Assist System operation:
- When the driver initiates a parking maneuver, system will find and guide customer into the parking space.
- Parking guidance controls the steering angle automatically
- Driver controls the gear position, brake and accelerator
- Parallel parking is possible on either side of the car
- During perpendicular parking, the vehicle is backed into the space
Electric Park Brake
The Electric Park Brake uses a motor at the caliper for each rear wheel:
- Control module to integrate with other electronic chassis systems
- Parking brake switch for driver operation is mounted on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel (below the light switch)
There are several operating scenarios to enhance safe vehicle operation:
- Dynamic Apply – Traditional park/emergency brake operation for driver by continually pulling up on the switch while driving.
- Drive Away Release – The Electric Park Brake will automatically release if the driver seat belt is buckled, the door closed, and the operator accelerates with the vehicle in gear.
- Safehold – When the vehicle is at a standstill, but not in PARK, and the vehicle senses the driver exits the vehicle (seat belt unfastened, door ajar), the Electric Park Brake will apply to secure the vehicle.
- Auto Apply – The Electric Park Brake can be programmed to be applied automatically when the vehicle’s speed is below two mph and the automatic transmission is put in PARK position, (With manual transmissions, the electric Park Brake automatically applies when the vehicle proceeds in the “key off” position)
- Auto Park Brake is enabled and disabled by customer selection through the Customer Programmable Features section within the Uconnect setting.