Ford’s Level 3 driver-assist feature won’t be able to handle busy city streets anytime soon

Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driver assist
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Ford’s executive team revealed new details about the company’s partial autonomy features at a capital markets event Monday.

BlueCruise, Ford’s hands-free driver-assist system, will be available in 500,000 vehicles by 2024. And a Level 3 system, which is also called conditional or unsupervised autonomy, will be first available in Ford’s next-generation EVs.

BlueCruise is a Level 2 system, meaning the vehicle controls major functions like acceleration and braking as well as lane centering and automatic lane changing. But while drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel and their feet off the pedals, they need to keep their eyes on the road and be ready to take control at a moment’s notice. Ford said that BlueCruise-equipped…

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