Ford to offer hands-free driving in 2021, six years after the Tesla

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Ford Motor Co said on Thursday that it offers hands-free driving on its new Mustang Mach-E in the fall of 2021, six years after Tesla Inc, and four years after General Motors Co introduced similar systems.The system, called Active driving assistance, will be offered on several Ford models, and especially the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric crossover vehicle which will be on sale later this year, and is intended for the Tesla Model Y market.

Ford has said U.S. buyers can order the Mustang Mach-E this fall, with the Active participation of Driver assistance hardware package, which includes other radar sensors and a driver-facing camera, but the software will not be ready before the fall of 2021.

Tesla has presented its first semi-automatic hands-free driver assistance package, called auto-pilot, in 2015. GM followed two years later with a similar semi-automatic feature called Super Cruise on the Cadillac CT6.

Tesla has been constantly revised and updated as the auto-pilot, and now offers the functionality of all of its four-model range. GM is expanding Super Cruise to other Cadillac models this fall and will offer an improved version to other GM brands over the next three years.

Ford said the Active Drive Assist software can be installed when you are ready next year, thanks to a wireless connection to the day, similar to the way some of the programs, installed software, and mobile phone apps are updated. Tesla has offered over-the-air updates since 2012. (Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit, Editing by Ms. O’brien)

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