Ford updates its BlueCruise driver assist with hands-free lane changing and more

BlueCruise, Ford’s intelligent adaptive cruise control system, already offers drivers a range of assistive features such as lane centering, road sign recognition and hands-free freeway cruising on more than 130,000 miles of US roads. On Thursday, Ford announced that it will begin releasing the version 1.2 program update later this fall, starting with the Mach-E 2023, and will include new assists such as hands-free lane changes, in-lane repositioning and predictive speed assist. The same additions are coming to Lincoln owners with the release of ActiveGlide 1.2 (Lincoln’s revamped version of BlueCruise).

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Hands-free lane changing is as it sounds, just tap the turn signal and the vehicle will slide over you when safe to do so. It also pre-emptively suggests changes if it sees you approaching on a slower vehicle. Predictive Speed ​​Assist anticipates sharp bends and guides the vehicle safely through them, while lane repositioning causes the vehicle to hug each line to provide extra cushioning between your bumper and the trailer in the next lane.

The new features will first appear with the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Select and the 2023 Lincoln Navigator Standard. Owners are also required to have the Ford Co-Pilot360 system installed and subscribe to a $600 three-year service plan that keeps the hands-free cards up to date. They must also have either the FordPass or Lincoln Way companion app installed on their phone. 2023 Mach-E and Navigator owners get the first three months of service free as an introductory demo.

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