Ford is serious about making the 2021 Mustang Mach-E its most modern vehicle yet. With the electric crossover a technology called Active Drive Assist is introduced, with which the driver can safely and legally take both hands off the steering wheel when the right conditions are met. However, the Mach-E does not become an autonomous car.
Active Drive Assist is a further development of adaptive cruise control with lane centering, which was designed for takeover on divided motorways. The system relies on cameras, radars and sensors to determine the road ahead. However, Ford's approach to the technology is similar to Cadillac's because it only works on pre-mapped highways. This safety-first solution ensures that the car knows exactly where there is a curve or a hill. However, it also means that drivers cannot use Active Drive Assist when driving on a road that is unfamiliar with the technology. Ford has already mapped over 100,000 miles of freeway in all 50 states and Canada.
With Active Drive Assist, users cannot take a nap in the back seat or find out about strange things. Ford installed a driver-facing camera that tracks head position and gaze to confirm that the driver is paying attention to the road. The technology issues visual and audible warnings when the driver is determined to be distracted.
Co-Pilot360 will also include a blind spot assistant, road edge detection, a lane departure warning system, an intersection assistant, a pre-collision assistant with automatic emergency braking, a post-collision braking and a backward detection system. Some of these features are standard on the Mustang Mach-E, others are offered at an additional cost.
Active Drive Assist will be available in the third quarter of 2021, about a year after Ford started producing the Mustang Mach-E. Early customers who want to use this feature must order a prep package. You will receive the software when it is available through a wireless update. Ford dealers can also upload it manually.
Any variant of the Mustang Mach-E can receive Active Drive Assist, but prices will be announced closer to the availability date. It is also offered for other 2021 models.