Ford BlueCruise Gets Hands-Free Lane Change Capability

Ford debuted the BlueCruise driver assistance system in 2021 on select vehicles, and now version 1.2 is in the mix. This is an important upgrade, as it adds hands-free lane changing capability. It’s one of a select few systems currently available that officially advertises such hands-off functionality, and it’s also coming to a version of the Lincoln system, called ActiveGlide.

The system is rolling out in the fall of 2022, initially available on the Mustang Mach-E 2023. Ford’s announcement doesn’t go into further detail about the availability of other vehicles, nor does it mention possible updates to existing vehicles running BlueCruise. Motor1.com contact Ford for additional information. We will add updates as new details are received.

We know that BlueCruise 1.2 brings more than just automatic path changes. Ford says the system feels more natural with improved on-track responsiveness to other vehicles, especially large vehicles in adjacent lanes. The Predictive Speed ​​Assist function is designed to smoothly adjust speed as the vehicle approaches sharper corners. It also notifies the driver of an impending speed change in such situations.

As for the hands-free line changing function, it’s not strictly a hands off process. The driver doesn’t need to steer, but activating the system requires a tap on the turn signal. It can also offer lane change recommendations to drivers.

“We are investing in our Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) team to continue to improve BlueCruise and ActiveGlide for our customers,” said Doug Field, chief EV and digital systems officer in Ford’s Model e Division. “Recent upgrades allow customers to order lane changes using just a turn signal, and make hands-free driving feel more human by slowing down turns smoothly, and leaving more room for large vehicles in neighboring lanes. These upgrades are just the first step. from a constant journey towards improving safety and, in the future, giving valuable time back to customers.”

Ford says its BlueCruise system currently works on 130,000 miles of highway. 75,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners have registered for the service, which is available this year for the Mustang Mach-E and F-150.

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