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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E going hands-free next year

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E going hands-free next year

Not only are we looking forward to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E in its own right, we can now also look forward to it for being the future of autonomous driving. Ford has announced a fully hands-free driver assist package that will be made available for the new electric car from next year.

In a push to give us the technology not many of us actually want, Ford are hoping that including the technology in its coolest new car may convert some of us.

Active Driver Assist

The system is called Active Driver Assist (ADA) and uses a mixture of cameras to work. Some cameras face the road and monitor the surroundings. Other cameras monitor the driver. The driver monitors have infrared capability and can see through sunglasses and past face masks.

Driver monitoring cameras will likely alert the driver when the stop concentrating on the road. This is not full autonomy so the driver still needs to be aware and in charge of the vehicle.

The system is limited in its utility though. It is only capable of autonomy on roads that Ford has mapped into its software. That’s around 100,000 miles so far in both the US and Canada and is expanding, but is only a fraction of the roads we have. Still, it’s good start!

Active Driver Assist will use the external cameras to observe the road and other traffic, the mapped roads to assess upcoming hazards and the driver monitors to assess the driver. It will use this information to provide Level 1 autonomy and allow the driver to take their hands off the wheel while the system is active.

The system will be activated by a button. While active, the driver will be able to safely remove their hands from the wheel. To take control, the driver merely needs to take the wheel and steer manually and the system will automatically disengage.

ADA availability

Active Driver Assist will only be available with new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E at first. Even then it isn’t the most straightforward of systems. You will need to specify the Active 2.0 Prep Package when buying your car. The hardware will be fitted at the factory.

Then, when you have the car, you will need to load the software. This can be at the dealership or over-the-air. Once done, the system should be usable. A key thing to note in the marketing copy, for will be ‘selling’ the software once available. Just how much extra it will cost over the cost of the Active 2.0 Prep Package is not known at this time.

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is going to herald real changes in the automotive industry. I’m not sure I welcome autonomy but better safety tech, electric motoring and more technology is always a good thing!

Learn more about the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

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