Ford's All-Electric 2021 Mustang Mach-E Will Be Able To Drive Itself
The All-Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 will come with a hands-free driving system and OTA updates.
Feb 25, 2020
The upcoming electric SUV from Ford will offer drivers hands-free technology that allows the car to pilot itself on controlled access roads. The system will compete with Tesla’s Autopilot mode and Cadillac’s Super Cruise technology.
Cadillac’s Super Cruise hands-free system and Tesla’s Autopilot system feature the likes of lane centring, self-parking, adaptive cruise control, lane changing and autonomous navigation on controlled access dual-carriageway/highway roads. When not on compatible roads, the system will not work.
We should expect similar technology in the 2021 Ford Mach-E hands-free system and thanks to Ford’s new OTA (over-the-air) system, we can expect more features to be added in at a later point if not initially available.
According to Dave Pericak, Director Enterprise for Ford Icons, the hardware will be fitted into Premium and GT Edition trims of the all-electric Ford Mach-E when production begins in Mexico later this year. However, the hands-free driving assistance system will not be available at launch.
Dave Pericak said: “All of the hardware for that technology will be in the car at the launch but… we will enable that feature a little bit later as we finish our development of it.”
He commented on the system sharing: "As long as you're staying alert and in the right zone on the highway, you're going to be able to go hands-free and let the car do the work."
Although no official name for the system has yet been released, we’re eager to narrow down the specifics as we get closer to production. We can expect it to include Ford’s adaptive cruise control and lane centring technologies already seen in existing models.
All 2021 Mustang Mach-E trim levels will come with Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane-Keep Assistance as standard which other manufacturers offer at an additional price as options on more expensive cars. For example, Jaguar’s all-electric model – Jaguar I-PACE – does not offer a blind spot monitoring system as standard despite being priced at £63,925 RRP, compared to the Ford Mach-E starting price of £40,270 (now available to pre-order).
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