Ford’s new 2021 F-150 will have the option to drive itself on highways, albeit with human supervision, as the company expands its Active Drive Assist package. Announced last week as an option for the upcoming Mustang Mach-E electric crossover, Active Drive Assist uses eye- and head-tracking to make sure the person at the wheel is paying attention to the road, even if their hands aren’t on the wheel.
While adaptive cruise control systems with lane-keeping aren’t new, typically they demand some sort of contact with the wheel in order for the system to be convinced the driver is still paying attention. On some systems that’s torque-based – tracking movement on the wheel – while, rarer, it can also use contact sensors. Either way, though, it’s not the most relaxed way to cruise.
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