Could it even be better than Tesla's Autopilot And Cadillac's Super Cruise?
There are many compelling reasons to purchase the upcoming 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The first all-electric model with a Mustang badge offers between 266 and 459 horsepower with a driving range between 235 and 300 miles depending on battery size and drivetrain. This level of performance is clearly within the realm of Tesla and now Ford is giving tech-conscious buyers another reason to switch to a Mach-E with a new semi-autonomous driving package.
Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assistance features, will now include a new ability called Active Drive Assist. Just like Cadillac's Super Cruise, Active Drive Assist will allow Mach-E owners to drive completely hands-free on up to 100,000 miles of divided highways in all 50 states and Canada.
The hands-free mode only works on pre-mapped, divided highways, just like Cadillac's system. And, just like Cadillac's system, Ford has installed a driver-facing camera, which tracks head position and eye gaze to make sure the driver is looking at the road ahead. Ford's engineers have tested the radar- and camera-based systems over more than 650,000 miles to ensure they work in real-world situations.
"Our team has aggressively tested Active Drive Assist to bring something to our customers' lives that they can trust," said Justin Teems, Active Drive Assist feature lead. "We go to far-flung places around the US and Canada - from Florida to California, from Quebec to Texas, Wyoming, and Idaho - to try to stimulate those rare-case sensor measurements we might not get anywhere else, capturing data in a number of different ways."
"The stress of long highway drives remains a huge issue for drivers around the world," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's chief product development and purchasing officer. "By introducing driver-assist technologies like Active Drive Assist, Ford's version of hands-free driving, we're allowing our customers to feel more confident whenever they're behind the wheel."
Active Driving Assist will be available on "select 2021 model year Ford vehicles" including the Mustang Mach-E lineup. Customers who have already placed an order for the Mach-E can opt for the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package at the time of purchase, which will enable the hands-free feature when it becomes available. Buyers who select this package will receive the software at a Ford dealer or via an over-the-air update, which is expected in the third quarter of 2021. The Prep Package also includes Active Park Assist 2.0, which enables the Mach-E to park in parallel and perpendicular spaces.