BlueCruise adds hands-free lane changes and predictive speed assist

Ford updates BlueCruise to version 1.2. Three new features aim to make driving more human and reassuring. The new ActiveGlide 1.2 system will debut on the Mustang Mach-E this fall.

Doug Field, Chief EV & Digital Systems Officer, Ford Model e, said, "We're investing in our ADAS team to improve BlueCruise and ActiveGlide."

The latest improvements allow customers to change lanes with a turn signal and make hands-free driving more human-like by smoothly slowing for turns and giving more room to large vehicles in neighboring lanes.

Ford adds Lane Change Assist, Predictive Speed Assist, and In-Lane Repositioning. The automaker says these changes will make using BlueCruise easier.

First, drivers can navigate freeway traffic. Tap the turn signal to change lanes. If the vehicle detects slow traffic, the infotainment system can suggest a lane change, which the driver can accept by tapping the signal.

Predictive Speed Assist automatically adjusts a vehicle's speed when approaching a sharp curve. It will also signal when it slows down and why to make the experience as transparent as possible.

In-Lane Repositioning makes the system more natural. If a large truck passes, it can move your car to the side of the lane. The system is designed to quietly make driving less nerve-wracking and alert the driver to the big truck.

Ford also improved BlueCruise and ActiveGlide's visuals, sensing, and steering. The automaker updates its mapping technology over-the-air and the systems can be used on more than 130,000 miles of divided highways.