Ford F-150 pickup will receive autopilot

Ford F-150 pickup will receive autopilot

October 31, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Ford is about to offer its latest autonomous driving system with the new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models, but there is one catch.

While customers will receive the necessary hardware to operate the system with their new 2021 F-150 or Mustang Mach-E, either as standard equipment or as an option on certain trim levels, the system will not be operational until the third quarter of 2021, while cars will not be updated “over the air”.

Ford said the new Active Drive Assist option will be standard on the 2021 F-150 Limited and on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E CA Route 1, Premium and First Editions. As for the rest of the Ford F-150 trim levels, the hands-free driver assistance system will be offered for an additional $ 1,595, while Mustang Mach-E Select buyers can get it as part of one of the $ 3,200 packages, which also includes all-round cameras, heated front seats and heated steering wheel.

Ford will also offer equipment for the Active Drive Assist system, which includes, among other things, a camera in the front, and sensors. For all this you will have to pay an additional 895 dollars. Customers will then have to pay an additional $ 600 for a three-year subscription to the Active Drive Assist speakerphone software when it goes on sale.

Ford’s new Active Drive Assist builds on existing adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and lane detection and speed limit systems. The system will allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel on pre-defined sections of motorways that span more than 100,000 miles. Ford’s new system also uses an advanced driver-facing camera that tracks gaze and head position to ensure drivers are following the road in autonomous driving.

Ford expects to sell over 100,000 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E equipped with Active Drive Assist technology in its first year to market.