BlueCruise 1.2 adds helpful refinements
Hands-off Driver Assistance has now racked up 16 million miles
Ford is updating its BlueCruise hands-off driver assistance system. The latest version will add lane-change capability, better roadway sharing with large vehicles, and will offer a more natural assist, the company says.
BlueCruise 1.2 (and Lincoln ActiveGlide 1.2) will launch this fall with the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
First on the new list of features is Lane Change Assist. This will perform a lane change hands-free if the driver requests it with the use of the turn signal. The system will also suggest a lane change in slow-moving traffic if BlueCruise thinks it would gear you ahead.
Predictive Speed Assist will automatically slow down when you approach a sharp corner, making sure you can get around that corner. It will notify you ahead of the slowdown so that you know why the vehicle is suddenly braking.
Last is In-Lane Repositioning. This one will move your Ford to the other side of the lane in situations like driving beside a big rig. Ford says it makes the highway experience feel more natural, as most drivers will do this on their own.
On top of the new features, Ford has been working on BlueCruise maps (which now cover more than 130,000 miles of roadway) and the system’s responses. Ford says it will deliver a “more human-like driving performance” and that it has refined the BlueCruise visuals, sensing, and steering.
Ford says that more than 75,000 drivers are now using the system and that it has accumulated more than 16 million miles of hands-free driving. No word on when or even if the update will be sent Over the Air to existing Ford BlueCruise vehicles.