Owners of the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV will be able to add hands-free driving technology at the end of next year.
In models with this technology, drivers will be able to remove their hands from the steering wheel and take their legs off the brake and gas pedals, while the vehicle, in fact, will move independently on the selected highways.
The Mach-E will go on sale later this year and hands-free driving hardware will be offered as an option. According to Ford, the software to enable Active Drive Assist will be sold separately by the fall of 2021.
Hands-free driving functionality will be very similar to General Motors’ Super Cruise system. In addition to cameras and sensors outside the car for monitoring the road and other vehicles, a small infrared camera inside the passenger compartment will ensure that the driver always watches the road ahead. If the driver looks away for a long time, the system will turn off.