Ford BlueCruise Comparison Discussion to Tesla Autopilot and GM Super Cruise by Consumer Reports
BlueCruise---Ford’s active driving assistance feature is similar to both Tesla’s Autopilot and GM’s Super Cruise systems, but differs in some significant ways that could make safe driving expectations more realistic with today’s latest tech rather than current consumer hype.
To put Ford’s BlueCruise to the test, Consumer Reports automotive experts recently test drove a Mustang Mach-E GT outfitted with BlueCruise and took a look at how BlueCruise handles based subjectively on new driver experience with drivers who had previously experienced the Autopilot and Super Cruise systems.
The focus was to compare how BlueCruise handles steering, braking, and acceleration and what it means regarding safety and the overall driving experience using BlueCruise.
As such, CR analysts put together a Talking Cars episode on YouTube that focuses on what BlueCruise is and is not, in comparison with the other assisted driving systems. The importance of this is that they tell viewers that all 3 systems are the most customer-misunderstood features of cars and is the reason why consumers need to understand that BlueCruise really is not a self-driving system. Rather, to work safely, BlueCruise (as well as the other two systems) must all include active driver intervention/collaboration.
In the video you will learn:
• How the marketing of these systems misleads customer expectations.
• A distinct difference between BlueCruise and Autopilot or Super Cruise.
• How BlueCruise reacts to straight-aways and curves.
• The driver confusion of what it really means when BlueCruise tells the driver to put his or her hands back on the wheel.
• Why BlueCruise is a disappointment for car owners wanting a Tesla experience.
• Why Super Cruise is the Consumer Reports preferred assisted driving system.
• How BlueCruise is considered safer than Autopilot and Super Cruise.
Ford Blue Cruise First Impressions | Talking Cars #342
For additional articles about assisted driving systems, here are 3 selected informative articles to check out:
• Consumer Reports Analysts on Non-Tesla Self Driving Featured Car Models Available Today
• Driver Assist Safety Can Be Fooled Not Just in Tesla, But in Ford Vehicles and Many Others Too
• Consumer Reports Best and Worst Car Models with Lane Keeping Assist Systems
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