If the Mustang Mach-E is driving Ford into the future, the all-electric crossover may not require anyone to have their hands on the wheel.
On Thursday, Ford detailed its hands-free driver-assist features that will be available on the Mach-E and upcoming vehicles from the Blue Oval.
Dubbed Active Drive Assist, the advanced system can let drivers take their hands off the wheel for indefinite periods of time, similar to crosstown rival General Motors’ Super Cruise system.
Similar to Super Cruise, Ford’s system is based in part on a driver-facing camera that uses infrared systems to determine where the driver’s eyes may be focused. The infrared cameras can penetrate sunglasses and even determine focus if the driver is wearing a mask, according to Ford engineers. The system would largely fall into the Level 2 category for driver-assistance/self-driving features, and defaults…