Ford Co-Pilot360 will soon allow hands-free driving
When Ford launched the Ford Co-Pilot360, it signaled a seismic shift in driver assistance systems by making technologies more accessible to the masses, such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning, that used to be reserved for luxury cars.
This time around, the Blue Oval adds to the Ford Co-Pilot360's appeal by adding features that help car owners feel more relaxed and safe when driving their Ford vehicles on the road.
New features include the Active Drive Assist function, with which you can drive hands-free. The new feature, called the next evolution of Ford's intelligent adaptive cruise control with lane centering, has a nifty hands-free mode, a scalable extension that can be optimized and improved through wireless updates.
In hands-free mode, drivers can drive their hands off the steering wheel on certain sections of predefined, divided motorways. However, before you can believe that you can just fall asleep behind the wheel, drivers still have to watch the road. An advanced infrared camera facing the driver tracks the gaze and head position to ensure this.
If the system detects that you are losing focus on the road, the system automatically warns the vehicle and slows it down to safer speeds until you are ready to concentrate again.
Ford will begin introducing Active Drive Assist in select 2021 Ford vehicles and will be standard in the upcoming Mustang Mach-E.
"The stress of long freeway journeys remains a major problem for drivers around the world," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's chief product development and purchasing officer. "By introducing driver assistance technologies like Active Drive Assist, Ford’s version of hands-free calling, we enable our customers to feel more and more secure when they are behind the wheel."
The hands-free function is also available as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package, which Ford car owners with Co-Pilot360 can download via wireless updates from the third quarter of next year.
Unfortunately, Active Drive Assist only works on U.S. and Canadian soil after its release, so local owners of the latest Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition won't be able to enjoy it, even if the downloadable feature is available. But Ford promises that the system is scalable. Maybe we'll see it sometime on Filipino streets, maybe later, if not sooner.
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