Ford’s BlueCruise Adds Hands-Free Lane Changes And Predictive Speed Assist
Ford is updating its advanced driver assistance system, BlueCruise, with version 1.2. The system updates add three new features that are designed to make the driving experience more human-like and reassuring.
“We are investing in our ADAS team to constantly improve BlueCruise and ActiveGlide for our customers,” said Doug Field, Chief EV & Digital Systems Officer, Ford Model e. “The latest improvements allow customers to command lane changes using just a turn signal, and make hands-free driving feel more human-like by smoothly slowing down for turns, and giving more room to large vehicles in neighboring lanes.”
With this update, Ford is adding Lane Change Assist, Predictive Speed Assist, and In-Lane Repositioning. These refinements, the automaker claims, will make the experience of using BlueCruise smoother and easier.
The first feature allows drivers to move through traffic on the freeway. With it, a lane change can be initiated by simply tapping the turn signal. If the vehicle determines that it has been behind some slow-moving traffic, it can even suggest a lane change through the infotainment system, to which a driver can agree by tapping the signal.
Predictive Speed Assist, meanwhile, automatically adjusts a vehicle’s speed as it approaches a sharp curve using the navigation software. To make the experience as transparent to the driver as possible, it will also signal when it’s slowing down and why.
Finally, In-Lane Repositioning aims to make the system feel more natural. It can subtly move your vehicle to one side of the lane if, say, a large truck is passing by. The system is designed to quietly make the experience of driving a little less nerve-racking and subtly signal to the driver that it notices the big truck.
Ford says it has also refined the visuals for BlueCruise and ActiveGlide and made the sensing and steering experiences better. The systems can currently be used on more than 130,000 miles (209,215 km) of divided highways and the automaker is constantly updating its mapping technology over the air.
Coming this fall to new Ford and Lincoln vehicles (where it’s called ActiveGlide 1.2), the new system will first be available on the Mustang Mach-E.