Ford’s futuristic new BlueCruise hands-free driving technology is almost here. Later this year, selected 2021 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models will get this next-generation system via a SYNC® 4 over-the-air software update.
With BlueCruise, you can drive on more than 100,000 miles of divided highway across North America without touching the steering wheel. Ford did extensive testing on these roads to ensure that the system works safely and effectively — even in bad weather and heavy traffic.
When you’re driving on an eligible highway — known as a Hands-Free Blue Zone — a blue light will activate to notify you. To make sure you’re keeping your eyes on the road, a camera monitors the driver’s seat and warns you if your attention wanders.
BlueCruise is available for F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models that have the Ford Co-Pilot360™ Active 2.0 Prep Package. On top of the necessary built-in tech, BlueCruise software costs $600 on eligible F-150 models. It’s included as standard on Mustang Mach-E First Edition, Premium, and California Route 1 trims.
Ford says BlueCruise will also be available on other vehicles in the near future. To learn how you can purchase an F-150 or Mustang Mach-E with this visionary new technology, contact us here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Now that Ford has introduced the stunning all-electric F-150 Lightning, pickup trucks will never be the same again. Read on for just a sampling of the greatness you can expect from the F-150 Lightning when it arrives at dealerships next spring.
For starters, you’ll get standard 4×4 and 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque from dual electric motors. F-150 Lightning max towing is estimated at 10,000 pounds, or you can haul up to 2,000 pounds.
Two F-150 Lightning battery options give you an estimated standard range of 230 or an extended range of 300 miles, and you’ll be able to charge up from 15 percent to 80 percent in just 41 minutes. Power My Trip and Intelligent Range tech helps you get the most out of each charge.
The F-150 Lightning is so capable, it can even power your home. Available Ford Intelligent Backup Power works with your home charging station, providing 9.6 kilowatts to run appliances, keep the lights on, and more. You’ll also get Pro Power Onboard, which delivers up to 9.6 kilowatts of on-the-go electricity for the worksite, campsite, and more.
Other incredible F-150 Lightning features include available BlueCruise hands-free driving tech, Onboard Scales to automatically weigh your payloads, a huge 15-inch touch screen with SYNC 4A infotainment, and a 14.1-cubic-foot frunk (since there’s no engine up front).
Here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, Indiana, we’ll have more to share about this thrilling new all-electric truck in the months to come. In the meantime, contact us to learn how you can reserve a spot in line and be one of the first to own the F-150 Lightning when it goes on sale.
A recent move by Ford demonstrates just how much the company cares about all drivers — even ones that prefer other brands. In March, Ford announced it was expanding the Ford Telematics capabilities to vehicles from all automakers. By sharing this all-in-one fleet management technology with the entire industry, Ford is committed to supporting businesses and creating a better driving experience.
Ford Telematics helps maintain uptime by providing opportunities for improvement and promotes good driving habits and improved efficiency by scoring drivers as it tracks their driving behavior. This ultimately helps increase productivity across the fleet by giving managers the information they need to provide coaching.
For non-Ford vehicles, fleet operators simply have to use a plug-in device to enjoy full functionality at no additional cost. The Ford Telematics dashboard will provide information about both non-Ford and Ford commercial vehicles, creating a seamless management tool.
Ford also announced that the new Ford Telematics Essentials, a complimentary version of Ford Telematics, will soon be available. Essentials will expand Ford’s presence into the commercial vehicle market by providing free fleet management tools like insights into vehicle odometers, diagnostics codes, and open recalls. Operators can also use the platform to easily schedule maintenance appointments.