Consumer Reports recently evaluated Ford BlueCruise, General Motors’ SuperCruise, and Tesla’s Autopilot hands-free driving features. In an intense review, Consumer Reports found Ford BlueCruise easy to use compared to its competitors.
What is Ford BlueCruise?
Ford BlueCruise system allows hands-free driving on pre-mapped divided highways. It automates the vehicle’s steering and acceleration as well as braking. Unlike competitors, it can monitor the driver and issue appropriate warnings if driver attention seems to have drifted. Additionally, it encourages collaboration driving.
In a recent test with a Ford Mustang Mach-E, Consumer Reports notes that Ford BlueCruise has a significant advantage over General Motors SuperCruise or Tesla’s Autopilot features. It allows for driver collaboration. CR states, “If the driver wants to steer around a pothole, pedestrian, or cyclist, for example, the system doesn’t immediately shut off or go into a standby mode, as with Autopilot and Super Cruise.” Adding that “after the maneuver is completed, the system will recenter the car in the lane automatically. This allows the driver to work with the system.”
Consumer Reports highlighted a few areas of improvement. However, Ford told CR it was collecting feedback from users regarding BlueCruise and that future enhancements are being planned. Thankfully for customers, any changes can easily be rolled out via OTA (Over-the-air) updates.