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How Does BlueCruise Technology Work?

BlueCruise can be used on 97% of controlled-access highways across the United States and Canada. On stretches of divided highway where there are marked lanes and no major intersections or traffic signals, the hands-free driving system can take over. An interior camera monitors the driver to make sure their eyes stay open and focused on the road. If that attention is lost, even for a second, the system will send out an alert for the operator to refocus.

Adaptive cruise control is the basis for the advanced driving system. While this technology has been popular for some time now for keeping vehicles a proper distance from others on the road, it now provides the basis for how BlueCruise works.

There are three different BlueCruise platforms available in select models.

BlueCruise is not the same as Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite houses the advanced driver-assist features that have helped occupants remain safer on the road. BlueCruise works in conjunction with these systems to provide a hands-free driving experience on select roadways.

Which Ford vehicles are equipped with BlueCruise?

Ford BlueCruise is available on the following models:

  • F-150 (2021 and newer)
  • Mustang Mach-E (2021 and newer)
  • Expedition (2022 and newer)
  • F-150 Lightning (2022 and newer)
  • Explorer (2025)

There are three different versions of the technology currently in use. BlueCruise 1.0 utilizes adaptive cruise control and lane centering assist to offer hands-free driving on prequalified road sections, known as the Hands-Free Blue Zones. BlueCruise 1.2 includes in-lane repositioning technology that gives the vehicle more space from adjacent cars by gently shifting it in the lane. It also uses lane change assist when the turn signal is activated to change lanes without the driver’s input. The newest version, BlueCruise 1.3, has been improved for better navigation on narrower curves and lanes.

How to Use BlueCruise

To set up BlueCruise in your compatible vehicle, follow these instructions:

  1. Download the FordPass App.
  2. Enter your VIN.
  3. Activate the FordPass Connect modem on the center screen in your vehicle.
  4. Turn on lane centering with hands-free from the center screen by selecting the settings icon, touching “Driver Assistance,” tapping “Adaptive Cruise Control” and selecting “Lane Centering with Hands-Free.”

Once you get on the road, you are ready to activate the BlueCruise technology with these steps:

  1. On the steering wheel, select the Adaptive Cruise Control button.
  2. If the Lane-Keeping System isn’t activated, press the button on the steering wheel.
  3. The instrument panel will turn blue, and the hands-free icon will appear when the vehicle is driving in a designated Blue Zone.

During this time, your hands aren’t needed for driving, but your eyes must remain on the road.

How Much Does BlueCruise Cost?

New Ford vehicles equipped with BlueCruise have a complimentary 90-day trial or other included plan duration, beginning from the vehicle’s warranty date. All 2024 vehicles with BlueCruise allow the option to purchase a three-year BlueCruise access plan for $2,100 at the time of the vehicle purchase. If a plan isn’t purchased and the 90-day trial is used, an annual plan can be purchased for $800 or the monthly plan for $75. (Note that this pricing is subject to change.)


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