Ford expands hands-free driving system to $40,000 Lincoln Corsair crossover

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  • Ford Motor is expanding the availability of its hands-free highway driving system to the entry-level Lincoln Corsair crossover.
  • Starting at $40,000, the 2023 Corsair will be the cheapest car in the company to offer this technology.
  • Ford’s system uses a suite of cameras and sensors in addition to lidar mapping for hands-free driving on more than 130,000 miles of dedicated highways in North America.

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DETROIT — Ford Motor is expanding the availability of its hands-free highway driving system for the entry-level Lincoln Corsair crossover as the automaker expands the technology to cheaper vehicles.

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The 2023 Corsair will be the sixth vehicle in Ford’s lineup to offer this system, and only the second Lincoln model after the flagship Navigator SUV. With the expansion of the system under the brand name ActiveGlide for Lincoln and BlueCruise for Ford, the Corsair will be the company’s cheapest vehicle to offer this technology.

The Corsair will cost between $40,000 and $55,000, including a plug-in hybrid-electric model. Orders for the crossover are now open and the vehicles are expected to hit US dealerships in early 2023.

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The electric Ford Mustang Mach-E currently offers this technology and costs about $50,000 including the option. Corsair will offer the system for all three trim levels, the company said.

“It’s been a natural progression for Corsair to become the top seller in terms of volume,” Dan Derubeis, brand manager for Corsair, told CNBC. “I think this is an approach that we will continue to use in other programs in the future.”

ActiveGlide and BlueCruise use a suite of cameras and sensors in addition to lidar mapping for hands-free driving on more than 130,000 miles of dedicated highways in North America. It monitors the vehicle’s speed and steering, and monitors the driver’s attentiveness through an infrared camera system.

Ford says more than 75,000 customers have signed up for the systems and over 16 million hands-free miles have been accumulated by the end of August.

Ford’s systems are similar to General Motors’ Super Cruise technology, however they are not as widely available or effective in some situations, such as cornering, where the technology may need to transfer steering control back to the driver.

Both systems from GM and Ford offer fewer options than Tesla’s advanced driver assistance systems, such as autopilot or “full self-driving,” which have been scrutinized for overpromising hands-free features and allowing drivers to abuse the systems.

Today, there are no cars on sale that are completely self-driving. All driver assistance systems still require driver attention.

The addition of ActiveGlide to the Corsair, including lane change capabilities, is part of the car’s many updates for the 2023 model year. Other changes include interior and exterior design updates such as a new grille and 13.2-inch center touchscreen, as well as new trim and color options.

The Ford Highway System is currently offered on the Lincoln Navigator, as well as the Ford F-150 and Lightning pickup trucks, the Mustang Mach-E crossover, and the Expedition SUV.

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