Ford is developing a new hands-free driving aid that’s similar to Tesla Autopilot or General Motors’ acclaimed Super Cruise, the company confirmed Thursday. When it launches next year, Active Drive Assist will enable hands-free motoring on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in the US and Canada under specific circumstances.
An evolution of today’s adaptive cruise control and lane-centering technologies, this system will be offered on certain 2021 model-year Ford vehicles, including the electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, which will be the first to get the tech. At the time of purchase, early adopters of this all-electric SUV will be able to order Active Drive Assist hardware as part of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 Active 2.0 Prep Package. In 2021, likely in the third quarter, software that enables hands-free driving can be bought and added to the vehicle, either via an over-the-air update or installed at a dealership.