In addition to teasing itsand previewing its on Wednesday, luxury automaker Lincoln announced that hands-free highway driving will be coming to its suite of advanced driver assistance systems. Say hello to Lincoln ActiveGlide. Aside from Lincoln-specific branding, ActiveGlide is, of course, the same technology that parent company Ford announced earlier this year as . We'll let you decide which name is the goofier of the pair.
Both driver-assistance technologies use a combination of camera and radar systems to enable hands-free steering assist on prequalified sections of divided highways called Hands-Free Blue Zones. While active, the system will automatically steer to keep the vehicle between the painted lane lines and automatically brake and accelerate to maintain a preset distance behind a leading car. Ford tells us that it will have pre-mapped more than 100,000 miles of Blue Zones in the United States and Canada when the technology launches.
Hands-free doesn't mean you can use ActiveGlide eyes-free, however; this isn't an autonomous technology, rather it's classified as SAE Level 2 aid and still requires the driver's attention. Like Ford BlueCruise and system -- most recently showcased on the and -- driver monitoring technology will watch the pilot's face to make sure they're awake, alert and watching the road.
Lincoln hasn't mentioned when we can expect to actively glide the hands-free highways, but the announcement's timing seems to indicate that the most likely first candidate will be the. We expect more details will emerge as the 2022 launch window approaches.