American Ford drivers have traveled 17 million kilometers without driving

Using data voluntarily shared by customers in the US, Ford says it has calculated hands-free mileage — and now there are plans to make the semi-autonomous technology available to more cars by the end of this year.

Ford claims that North American owners have driven more than 17 million kilometers without steering wheels since July 2021.

Nearly 65,000 American and Canadian drivers of the F-150 pickup truck and the Mustang Mach-E electric car have instead adopted Ford’s semi-autonomous drive system, known as BlueCruise.

Combining a suite of driver assistance aids — including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering and speed-signal recognition — Ford’s semi-autonomous system allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel across 210,000 km of road networks in the United States and Canada.

From its launch in July 2021 through the end of June 2022, the semi-autonomous drive system has been used to travel 7.2 million kilometers in North America, Ford claims.

By the end of July 2022, Ford reported an additional 9.8 million kilometers covered using semi-autonomous technology.

While 50,000 Ford vehicles have been fitted with BlueCruise from the factory since July 2021, over-the-air updates have made semi-autonomous capabilities available in an additional 15,000 vehicles.

In the coming months, an additional 35,000 cars are planned to be modernized.

Ford provides regular system updates that are based on data collected anonymously and voluntarily shared by customers.

Ford CEO Jim Farley believes that customers’ desire to adopt the BlueCruise reflects demands for better connected vehicles that can be modernized over the air.

“We are rapidly increasing the number of digital vehicles on the road with new services that create ‘always-on’ customer relationships with great software experiences,” Farley said in a media statement.

“BlueCruise is a great example where customers have driven more than 10 million hands-free miles in just one year since we launched this capability and introduced it with the Ford ‘Power-Up’ software update.”

While radar cruise control, lane focus and speed signal recognition technology are standard across the Ford Escape, Focus and Ranger range in Australia, the BlueCruise is not currently available to domestic buyers.

Jordan Mulash

Jordan Mulash is a native of Canberra / Ngounawal, and currently resides in Brisbane / Torbal. Joining Team Drive in 2022, Jordan previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective, TouringCarTimes, whichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is an iRacing junkie and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of an Octavia RS or swearing in at ZH Fairlane.

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