Ford’s BlueCruise Will Hit the Road with  Hands-Free Highway Helper
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Ford’s BlueCruise is the latest advanced driver assistance hands-free highway helper feature available on certain sections of divided highways and on select vehicles. 

About Ford BlueCruise
Ford’s BlueCruise is a hands-free driving aid technology that works only on approved, divided highways called Blue Zones. There are about 130,000 miles of such zones in North America where the system can accelerate, steer and stop the vehicle as traffic and road conditions dictate. It is a hands-free version of adaptive cruise control with lane centering.

If you are thinking BlueCruise makes your vehicle fully autonomous, then that’s not the case. This means you still need to keep your eyes on the road ahead, though the driver monitoring camera system is super sensitive which ensures you keep looking ahead and paying attention. Since you need to intervene if the system needs it.

At times BlueCruise may disengage at times and fall back onto the conventional adaptive cruise control where you have to steer. Spoiler alert visibility might be poor, especially when it’s raining or snowing heavily. BlueCruise may also have issues with faded or obscured lane markers. Also, they may have trouble in areas where construction work is in progress and add to that the system disengages when you drive out of a Blue Zone.

What is Ford BlueCruise?
Ford’s BlueCruise is a version of General Motors’ groundbreaking Super Cruise, launched in the Cadillac CT6 sedan and has been around for almost 5 years. Now Enhanced Super Cruise is an addition, it allows you to automatically change lanes. Simply tap the turn signal stalk and if there’s nothing in the way, the vehicle will move overall on its own. The Enhanced Super Cache also comes in handy when you have to trailer your boat for a long weekend without having to steer or less of it. Ford has now come up with similar features with BlueCruise. 

BlueCruise is in action once you are on the approved divided highway. All you need to do is set the desired speed and the system is activated. Starts off in the adaptive model with lane centering, this is at times indicated within the meter cluster by an icon of a steering wheel with hands on it. Once it gets its bearing the feature engages a few seconds later, as the steering wheel icon emblazoned with “Hands-Free”  illustrates it nicely as it occupies a chunk of the digital gauges. While the clean iconography is helpful for folks with color-blindness.Ford’s BlueCruise Will Hit the Road with  Hands-Free Highway Helper-1According to Ford the system steers smoothly and has no trouble with surrounding traffic. BlueCruise feature is also able to make more small steering wheel corrections and ping pong slightly between lane markers when going through tighter corners. The system is confidence-inspiring and makes long highway drives much more relaxing, with a few small issues here and there. 

One of the weaknesses of BlueCruise is when a new exit lane opens and you’re driving ahead in the adjacent lane, the system will sometimes disengage. As it reverts back to conventional adaptive cruise control. However the system also reengages in just a few seconds once it understands you are not headed for the ditch, this might be annoying for you as it happens more often. 

The driver monitoring cameras of the system are sensitive. For instance, if you try to take a swing with a bottle of water or cup of coffee, you gotta be quick, else the system will start beeping if your face is blocked for more than just a couple of seconds.  Additionally, the BlueCruise is also alert if you try to send an email while driving or look up sports scores. 

Ford BlueCruise Availability and Pricing
Ford BlueCruise is currently available on two models ie. the Higher-end versions of the F-150 and Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV. While the Lincoln version of this tech is called ActiveGlide is available on the 2022 Navigator. Additionally, the refreshed Ford Expedition will be offered with this hands-free driving capability in the future.

BlueCruise is available on 2022 F-150 on the Lariat High trim and above (though not the Raptor) as part of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 Active 2.0 Package. This will include a forward sensing system and Active Park Assist 2.0 and is priced at $1,995. Though everything will be standard on the range-topping F-150 Limited. 

In the case of Mach-E, the technology is available with the $3,200 Comfort and Technology Package with other amenities. The GT models will offer BlueCruise in the $1,900 Ford Co-Pilot 360 Active 2.0 and 360-Degree Camera options group. A BlueCruise equipped vehicle will have you set for three years, after which you will have to go for a separate subscription fee, though Ford has not released any details about what this entails.

The system is undoubtedly smooth and easy to use, and you can expect it to get even better with a few more updates to the system in the near future. 

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