The automaker who introduced mass production and affordable cars over 100 years ago is now making modern driver assistance functions more accessible. Ford offers some form of Co-Pilot360 Active Safety Suite for almost every model it sells. (Ford GT drivers miss it, but something tells us they don’t mind.) Read on for all the details on the Ford Co-Pilot360.
Ford Co-Pilot360 features
Ford offers all the active safety features you would expect from a modern vehicle. It starts with the pre-collision assistant (also called forward collision warning) and the automatic emergency braking (AEB). When the car carefully pulls up a vehicle or pedestrian to the point where sensors detect an impending collision, the system will issue an audiovisual warning before braking if the driver does not do so early enough. The evasive steering assistant can help avoid or mitigate a collision if there is not enough space to brake.
Next on the list is a BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), sometimes also referred to as Blind Spot Monitoring, with cross traffic warning. This system lights up a small icon on the appropriate side mirror when a vehicle is in your blind spot, and the Cross Traffic Alert will warn you if your vehicle is reversing and another car is approaching from the side.
Car high beam performs exactly the function you expect. When driving at night, the system switches between high and low beam to ensure excellent visibility on a clear coast without dazzling oncoming drivers. The lane departure warning system (also known as lane departure warning and lane departure warning system) issues an alarm if your vehicle drifts out of lane without an active indicator and is able to steer to divert the vehicle.
Lane keeping is different from Lane Centering, which Ford includes as part of its intelligent adaptive cruise control system along with speed sign recognition. Lane centering takes better control of the vehicle’s steering to keep it centered on the lane. We like that with lane-centering vehicles, you can choose whether you want to use the more advanced technology or just lane departure prevention for a more natural steering feel.
The adaptive cruise setup allows the driver to set a desired speed that the vehicle will maintain until another vehicle is ahead. At this point the brake is applied to maintain the set following distance. When we saw this system in the Explorer, it adapted well (albeit slowly) to the speed limits, but left too great an Ag in front of it for other cars to cut you off.
What is BlueCruise?
Ford’s next generation of active safety features begins with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and the 2021 F-150. These two vehicles are available with a Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package, which will be included from the second half of 2021 Ford’s new BlueCruise Level 2 driver assistant technology. The new system enables true hands-free calling on over 100,000 miles of freeways in the US and Canada, such as General Motors’ Super Cruise.
Which Ford models have Active Safety Tech?
The modest small car EcoSport is the only Ford vehicle without standard driver assistance functions. BLIS and cross traffic warning are optional with the EcoSport SE and standard with the Titanium. Getting on a Basis Esce offers automatic emergency braking, the lane keeping system, BLIS and cross traffic warning as well as automatic high beam. The adaptive cruise control with lane centering and speed sign recognition is optional on the SE and SEL or standard on the Titanium.
All Bronco sport fairings are equipped as standard with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping system, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic warning and automatic high beam. All models except the basic model offer an optional additional cruise with lane centering and speed sign recognition. For the full-size Bronco, the Mid package (optional for Big Bend, Black Diamond and Badlands or standard for the Outer Banks and Wildtrak cladding) includes automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic warning and the lane departure warning system and high beam. The Lux package, available as an option on Outer Banks fairings and higher, includes an alternate steering assistant and an add-on cruise.
The Ford Edge models are equipped as standard with automatic high beam, BLIS and cross traffic warning, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. The additional cruise system with lane centering and speed sign recognition is optional for SEL panels and higher.
In the three-row Explorer, automatic high beam, lane keeping, warning of blind spots / cross traffic and automatic emergency braking are standard on all models. Evasive steering and the additive cruise collection are optional on the XLT or standard on the Limited. The Explorer ST and Platinum models have a semi-autonomous Active Park Assist 2.0 system and slow emergency braking at the rear. Looking at Ford’s largest SUV, the Expedition, the high beam, the warning of blind spots and cross traffic, the lane keeping and the emergency braking are included in all fairings. The additional cruise functions are optional on XLT models and standard on Limited fairings and higher.
Ford’s most advanced active safety features can be found on the electric Mustang Mach-E. The standard equipment includes automatic high beam, BLIS and cross traffic warning, lane keeping and automatic emergency braking front and rear, but also the additional cruise technology and the evasive steering assistant. A Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package – optional for Select and GT or standard for California Route 1 and Premium Fairings – contains the hardware required for advanced semi-autonomous driving technologies and is expected to debut in the third quarter of 2021.
Delivery vans and trucks
In the case of work vehicles, the Transit Connect has automatic emergency braking on all panels. The monitoring of the blind spot and the rear cross traffic warning as well as the lane keeping and the automatic high beam are standard on XLT and Titanium models. The compact Ranger pickup has standard emergency braking. Blind spot and cross traffic functions as well as lane keeping are optional on the Ranger XL or standard on XLT models. Adtive Cruise Tech is optional with the XLT and standard with a Lariat cladding with the 501A equipment package.
Ford’s bigger trucks are pretty safe too. Super Duty models do not have active safety functions as standard, but XLT models have automatic high beam, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic warning as well as automatic emergency braking. Platinum fairings and higher contain the additional cruise functions.
The recently updated F-150 has more content. XL panels include emergency braking, tracking and automatic high beam. The monitoring of the blind spot and the rear cross traffic alarm are optional with XL basic models or standard with XLT panels and higher. The XLT and Lariat offer an additional cruise and dodge assistant as an option, and the Lariat models offer the semi-autonomous prep package. The King Ranch fairings come standard with the extra cruise features, and the F-150 Limited comes with everything we mentioned, including the Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep package.
Which Fords are the safest?
Some Ford models are particularly effective in safety tests carried out by the IIHS. The active safety technology of a vehicle as well as its crashworthiness and headlight performance are evaluated. The Esce is a top 2021 safety pimple when equipped with the LED headlights of the titanium fairing. However, the standard headlights of other fairings are not clearly visible.
The situation is similar with the 2021 TSP-winning Ford Edge, which requires optional LED headlights on the titanium and ST panels. The Edge’s standard LEDs received the lowest headlight rating of Bad due to excessive glare. The safest vehicle in Ford’s fleet is the Explorer. This car is receiving a 2021 Top Safety Pick +, which means all models, regardless of options, are some of the safest vehicles on the road.