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Hands-Free Driving Coming to 2021 Ford F-150

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Its the same hands-free driving tech available on the Mustang Mach-E, known as “Active Drive Assist.”
Hands-free driving
The 2021 F-150 will be among the first vehicles along with the Mustang Mach-E crossover to offer Ford’s new hands-free driving system for divided highway.

The “Active Drive Assist” system will be able to control a vehicle’s speed, braking and steering through a system of cameras, radar and other sensors on 100,000 miles of pre-mapped divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.
Ford Driver Assist system (Embargoed for 6 a.m. June 18)

Ford says its Active Drive Assist system will allow for hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.

Customers can purchase a pickup with the hardware for the system later this year, but they will have to wait until the third quarter of 2021 to use the technology.

Ford plans to release software at that time to enable the technology via a remote, or over-the-air, update. It can also be installed at a dealership.


Driver-assist technologies

All-new F-150 offers the latest driver-assist features as part of Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0. More features are now standard on XL, including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection to help avoid a possible collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian, rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist, auto high-beam headlamps and auto on/off headlamps.

F-150 also adds 10 new driver-assist features and is the only pickup to offer Active Drive Assist, which allows for hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in all 50 states and Canada. Its advanced driver-facing camera tracks head position and driver eye gaze to enable hands-free driving when available. It allows owners on certain sections of pre-mapped, divided highways to drive with their hands off the steering wheel – if they continue to pay attention to the road ahead – granting them an additional level of comfort during long drives. The Active Drive Assist prep kit contains the hardware required for this feature, while the software to enable functionality, expected in the third quarter of the 2021 calendar year, will be delivered by over-the-air update or dealer visit. Separate payment will be required to activate full functionality at that time.

Other new available features include Intersection Assist, which detects oncoming traffic while the driver is attempting a left turn. If there is risk of a collision with an oncoming vehicle, F-150 will apply the brakes to mitigate or avoid it. F-150 is the only light-duty full-size pickup with available Active Park Assist 2.0, which handles all steering, shifting, braking and accelerator controls during a parallel or perpendicular parking maneuver while the driver holds down a button.
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Mike Levine tweeted out photos of the key elements of Ford's Active Drive Assist.

  • 3 front radars
  • Driver facing camera split into door and center console
  • Sideview mirror cameras

3 front radars! Cleverly packaged driver facing camera split into door and center console above the 12-inch screen. Sideview mirror cameras.

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