Soon, you’ll be able to take a hands-free drive behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle. Ford recently announced the successful results of its 110,000-mile road trip across North America using hands-free BlueCruise technology. This technology will be available later this year on both the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and 2021 F-150 through over-the-air updates.
In its “Mother of All Road Trips,” Ford sent out 10 Ford vehicles, including five F-150 models and five electric Mustang Mach-E SUVs. Their journey covered over 110,000 miles through five Canadian provinces and 37 states. This gave BlueCruise a variety of road, weather, and traffic challenges. Along with the road trip test, Ford initially put BlueCruise through 500,000 miles of developmental testing.
During the road trip, testers collected data and monitored the performance of BlueCruise during each drive. One tester, Alexandra Taylor, remarked that using BlueCruise relieved some of the mental taxation she usually feels during long road trips.
BlueCruise uses radar and camera technology to monitor the road and stay within the lane. It also uses Speed Sign Recognition to adjust its speed. Drivers will be able to use BlueCruise on certain sections of freeways called Hands-Free Blue Zones. To make sure the driver keeps his or her focus on the road, the system is equipped with a driver-facing camera that will monitor the driver’s eyes and head position.
To learn more about how you can get a Ford vehicle equipped with the exciting new BlueCruise system, contact us here at Brad Manning Ford in DeKalb, Illinois.