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Hey everyone!

On my way into work this morning, I put my GoPro up and recorded a video to show some of my customers what their BlueCruise experience would be like when their F-150 and Mach E's get the OTA update in the near future.

I've uploaded it twice where you can see the whole 14-minute video as well as a condensed version where I turned the video speed up from 100% all the way up to 1,000% where the commute lasts a little over 1 minute lol... I'm sure not everyone wants to watch me drive in silence for 14 minutes lol.

Take note of the IR sensor/camera system behind the wheel that the GoPro picks up. Super cool but one thing I've noticed (not shown in this video) that might bug some people is that you will get a "Watch The Road" prompt when you're only using lane-centering (not full handsfree BlueCruise) if you're someone that's accustomed to driving a manual transmission as I am. I think the F-150's will not have this issue as I can see that the main IR sensors are in the pillars.

A lot of different stuff went on during this commute which was somewhat intentional as I wanted to show as much as I could about the system. The video includes the lane changing process, "Auto Resume" feature for stop-n-go, prompts to resume control on turns that are not fully mapped for BlueCruise yet**, warnings for getting too close to one lane or another driver beside me, and at one point a warning to "WATCH THE ROAD!" lol.

Lane changing is something I've learned to like more in BlueCruise than I thought. I originally was kinda upset that it didn't change lanes on its own but I like that when I signal for a change, I can just speed up at my own pace and the car will resume BlueCruise automatically without having to re-enable the system. I've heard that if you don't get the full autopilot system from Tesla, the base self-driving features have to be constantly reinitiated to work. It's pretty seamless in BlueCruise.

The watch the road warning was because I was trying to reset my "EV Driving History". I realized that in my GTPE I love to go fast and accelerate a little too aggressively so I wanted to have a little more modest Range showing on the screen lol. I didn't want people to judge the car's range too harshly due to me driving like a bat outta hell all the time lol.

** I've noticed over the last few weeks having BlueCruise that when "Aggressive" turns come up, I'm sometimes prompted to resume control... I originally thought it was due to just that, the turn being aggressive. I don't know if that's totally the case as I've noticed that when I have my hand on the wheel but not really applying force, the car's lane-centering does just a good of a job at navigating that turn as if it were in BlueCruise. I bring this up because I feel like I've seen people claim "BlueCruise won't work on hard turns" but I don't think that's the case as been on plenty of equally aggressive turns and BlueCruise remains active. The car seems super capable of navigating those turns if it knows I'm there as backup. I feel like the "Resume Control" prompt in a lot of cases is more based on the turn not being fully mapped and the more I think of it, I feel like there could be obstacles (overpasses, clouds) that have obstructed the satellite that helped map the road in question during development. This observation is 100% pure speculation on my part but I figured I'd bring it up.

One last thing, there are definitely spots where there are serious errors in the BlueCruise map database (idk if that's what the official jargon for what fuels BlueCruise mapping system) where sometimes not only faint lines or harsh turns on the road can throw the car off its rocker but there are turns that seem not officially accounted for and can cause the car to go batshit crazy lol. There is one on my commute home at night that I know 100% of the time, I need to resume control before it even asks me too or else it's going into the next lane without warning. I'm not concerned about it for myself or even anyone else as I think Ford somewhat expects this and that's why the attention/watch the road system is so picky lol.


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Thanks for the info - it seems much clearer that the car still will handle those tighter curves but just wants you to have your hand on the wheel "just in case". I believe the prompt is misleading, and in fact BC is still active it just wants that safety net. I suspect over time Ford will remove the request for backup and just take those kinds of turns happily
 

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This needs some crocodile hunter style narration to be watchable.
“Here we have the North American EV Driver. This is the non typical variety as you can see by the lush beard. That’s what differentiates the typical versus the non-typical variety.”
“Here he’s passing aggressively on the left WITHOUT even touching the wheel. This guy is amazing. The symbiosis between him and his advanced mode of transportation makes me want to give him a hug. But don’t try that at home kids. If he passes aggressively, there’s no telling how aggressive he might be in other situations.”
 
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This needs some crocodile hunter style narration to be watchable.
“Here we have the North American EV Driver. This is the non typical variety as you can see by the lush beard. That’s what differentiates the typical versus the non-typical variety.”
“Here he’s passing aggressively on the left WITHOUT even touching the wheel. This guy is amazing. The symbiosis between him and his advanced mode of transportation makes me want to give him a hug. But don’t try that at home kids. If he passes aggressively, there’s no telling how aggressive he might be in other situations.”
This comment made my day!

I was intentionally quiet for science’s sake lol, but now I want to pay for a voice over actor to play the crocodile hunter or Mr. Attenborough (I think that’s Mr. Planet Earth)
 

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Can't wait until this is available! Is there any information available from Ford as to what highways in Canada and the USA are covered by BlueCruise?
 


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Strong beard game
 
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Can't wait until this is available! Is there any information available from Ford as to what highways in Canada and the USA are covered by BlueCruise?
I'm not sure about the availability in Canada. I'm sure Ford is capable but if it's not something available there now, I'm sure it's something due to with regulations/legislation in Canada but I'm no expert on that.

We did just get a few F-150 Hybrids shipped into the store this morning and they actually have active BlueCruise right now so I'm sure the OTA update has got to be available soon!
 

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This comment made my day!

I was intentionally quiet for science’s sake lol, but now I want to pay for a voice over actor to play the crocodile hunter or Mr. Attenborough (I think that’s Mr. Planet Earth)
Glad I could make your day. I too am a big Attenborough fan. If you’re up for killing some time and laughing your head off, check out True Facts on YouTube.
 

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I don't think he's currently available.
the bolded word implies you know something about ? and ⚰ that you can share? it would sure settle a lot of global arguments around such things. ?
 

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