Ford Mustang Mach-E Has Standard Hands-Free Self-Driving On Most Trims
The Ford Mustang Mach-E will not be released at dealerships until the end of 2020, led by the first edition. However, our colleagues from InsideEVs now have additional information on the prices of the different models as well as details on standard and optional equipment.
Macheforum.com equipment documents recently made available to dealers, and while there are no big surprises, there is some notable news regarding Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver assistance system. This will be standard equipment on all Mach-E models, offering Ford’s new EV crossover with limited autonomous functionality with features such as automatic lane centering, intelligent cruise control with stop-and-go function, evasive steering assistance and recognition of speed limit signs. This is in addition to common driver assistance and safety systems such as emergency braking, lane keeping assist and blind spot monitoring.
Beyond that, standard equipment for everyone except the basic Mach-E is the Ford 2.0 Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 prep package. It is a system upgrade that adds additional hands-free autonomous capabilities. The Active Drive Assist preparation kit and Active Park Assist 2.0 are listed in the package. However, Ford does not anticipate the availability of this system until the third quarter of 2021 at the earliest, and it will require additional software that owners must purchase. The cost of this software is not yet known, so even if it is considered standard on most Mach-E models, buyers will technically have to pay for it.
It’s no secret that Ford hopes to challenge Tesla with Mach-E in the field of electric vehicles, but this new information puts an exclamation mark on this effort. All Tesla vehicles come standard with autopilot hardware and software. Full functionality of autonomous driving a paid upgrade that promises future capabilities as technology improves and evolves, just as Ford promotes with the Mach-E.
Additionally, the Mach-E is competitively priced compared to the Model Y in the $ 50,000 range, although the base Mach-E underestimates the Model Y by more than $ 6,000. Ford will let buyers of the base model’s Mach-E add Active Drive Assist as part of a $ 2,600 package, which remains below the price of the Model Y.
The only variable in the autonomous Mach-E confrontation with Tesla is the cost of the software required for more advanced functions, but we will probably not know this figure until next year.