Widely criticized, the Tesla Autopilot remains to this day one of the main technologies available on the market capable of providing a semblance of autonomous driving to the general public. I specify “a semblance” since unlike its name, Autopilot does not yet allow you to no longer rely on a human driver. When driving a Tesla, when you activate Autopilot, you will frequently be asked to put your hands on the wheel to attest to your presence behind the wheel.

Ford unveils its Tesla Autopilot competitor, and lets you let go

Having to touch the steering wheel frequently can spoil the autonomous driving experience, and Ford understands this perfectly. The American manufacturer today unveils semi-autonomous driving technology that no longer requires the use of the hands, capable of tracking the driver’s eyes. In a statement, Ford said without any pressure: “Bluecruise is a level 2 driver assistance system, similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, but with the advantage of providing a true hands-free driving experience.”

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As you will have noticed, the historic manufacturer seems particularly confident about this technology, so much so that it does not hesitate to quote its direct competitor in the press release. In a future update, the Ford Mustang Mach-e will be able to take advantage of this new driving mode. However, Ford is very clear on one crucial point. Bluecruise mode cannot be used anywhere. Only a few portions of well-defined roads will be able to offer the activation of this semi-autonomous driving mode.

Obviously, these sections of roads will first be in the United States and Canada. It will therefore be necessary to be very patient for Bluecruise to be available from everywhere in North America, and even more so for this update to be deployed in Europe.