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Semi-autonomous driving is the new biggest thing on the market today! While Tesla has Autopilot (doesn’t fully hold up to its name), and GM has Super Cruise, Ford has BlueCruise. Each of these is considered a level 2 autonomous driving, which we will get into later in this article.
In this article, we are going to detail all of the Ford vehicles that can come equipped with BlueCruise, and which trim levels you will need to make that happen. Without more to do, here they are!
What is BlueCruise?
BlueCruise is a level 2 autonomous driving system that is proprietary to Ford! While the name may be just for Ford, it is quite similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, GM’s Super Cruise, and even Nissan’s lesser-known ProPilot. Each of these essentially offers you to hand over the ability to accelerate, steer, and brake within set times while driving.
This generally means that you have to be on a pre-mapped highway and be within normal weather and driving conditions. This level of autonomous driving also requires you to be 100% paying attention to driving, and be ready to take over driving at a moment’s notice.
BlueCruise essentially uses a mixture of different sensors and cameras throughout the vehicle (including sensors to check if you are paying attention) to keep you centered in your lane, and the adaptive cruise control to pay attention to how fast you are going, and how close you are to other traffic on the road. BlueCruise will even change lanes, as long as you start the process by using the turn signal.
Why do you want BlueCruise?
BlueCruise and other Level 2 autonomous driving capabilities is a divisive topic in the industry right now, as many people use them and tend to find ways to not pay attention to the road.
However, its features do allow people to be more relaxed while driving, and focus more on the traffic on the road, rather than keeping the vehicle exactly at the right speed and centered in the lane. This can also allow people to drive for longer periods without fatigue. In the end, if you are someone that drives a lot, this feature may be great for you, however, keep in mind, the technology is still new, so drive and utilize it safely.
Does Ford charge for BlueCruise?
Your vehicle may be equipped with BlueCruise functionality, however, you may not be able to use it at the moment! On top of the initial hardware cost (whether it be standard or optioned to the vehicle), there is a 3-year plan that has an upfront cost of $600 to access the maps needed to utilize BlueCruise. These maps allow your vehicle to read where you are located, and drive accordingly.
Ford hasn’t quite rolled out BlueCruise to all of their vehicles, or even all of the trim levels of the vehicles it does offer it in. However, as the technology gets better, and more widely used by the public, you will likely see it more often in other vehicles within their lineup.