The system enables hands-free driving on more than 130,000 miles of dedicated highways in North America. It controls the speed and direction of the vehicle, while monitoring the driver’s attention through an infrared camera system.
The technology will be called ActiveGlide for Lincoln instead of BlueCruise, which is used for the Ford brand, according to the company.
Ford’s systems are similar to General Motors’ Super Cruise technology and are also said to compete with Tesla’s autopilot, which federal safety officials launched an official investigation on Monday due to reported accidents.
Lincoln’s ActiveGlide will be standard on the top two versions of the Navigator. The company has declined to release pricing for the 2022 models. The average price paid for the SUV this year is around $ 92,000, officials said.
The addition of ActiveGlide is one of a host of updates for Lincoln’s flagship SUV for the 2022 model year. Other changes include interior and exterior design tweaks, live updates and a wizard. built-in Amazon Alexa voice. It also adds two new interior options for its top-of-the-line Black Label model.
The Navigator SUV, which was last completely redesigned in 2018, is an extremely important vehicle for Lincoln. It attracts younger, more affluent buyers and accounts for about 33% of the brand’s winning customers, according to Clark.
Navigator sales increased 33% through July compared to this period a year earlier. The company sold 15,252 Navigator SUVs in 2020. By comparison, GM last year sold 24,547 Cadillac Escalades – Navigator’s main competitor.