What is Co-Pilot360?
The Co-Pilot360 package includes six core technologies like automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, reverse camera, lane keep assist, and auto high beams. Ford debuted its package of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with the release of the 2019 Ford Edge. Since then, Ford has expanded the number of models that get the package- the basic Co-Pilot360 safety suite is now standard on most Ford and all Lincoln vehicles.
Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
This feature can reduce the severity of (and in some cases eliminate) a frontal collision. Pre-Collison Assist uses camera technology to detect a potential collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian directly in front of your vehicle in day-or-nighttime driving. If the system senses a potential collision, you’ll hear an alert and see a warning message on the message center. If you don’t react, AEB will precharge and increase brake-assist sensitivity to be fully responsive when you do brake. If a collision is imminent, AEB will apply automatically.
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
Ford’s BLIS system uses radar sensors on both sides near the rear of the vehicle. When a vehicle is detected in your blind spot, you are alerted with an indicator light in the side-view mirror. Also, Cross-Traffic Alert provides visual and audible warnings when a vehicle is detected crossing behind you while also indicating which direction the vehicle is approaching from.
Using a camera that scans lane markings on both sides of your vehicle, the Lane-Keeping System can help correct drifting. This feature has three modes: Lane-Keeping Aid applies steering torque to direct you back to the center of the lane and Lane-Keeping Alert warns you through steering wheel vibrations that simulate driving over a rumble strip. You can set the system to activate Alert mode, Aid mode, or both. The system also detects repeated drifting and will send out auditory and visual signals that alert you to pull over and take a break.
Automatic High Beams
The system uses a camera to continuously scan the road. When you’re on a very dark road with no traffic, the high beams come on automatically. The system also knows when to shut them off- when a vehicle with headlamps on is approaching up to 2,000 feet or travelling ahead of you with taillights visible up to 500 feet, the system will dim to low beams.
When your vehicle is in reverse, a rear-mounted camera activates and transmits an image of what’s behind you on your center screen. Coloured guidelines also appear; fixed guidelines to direct you going straight back, active guidelines show you the path of your curve when you’re backing out on an angle. That’s not all, the guidelines can also help direct you to the center of a trailer hitch when you need to tow a trailer. This feature isn’t designed to be a second set of eyes, instead it provides a better view of what’s behind you.
Ford also offers a CoPilot360 Assist+ upgrade for qualifying models. It’s a more advanced suite of Ford’s safety tech and includes additional features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Post-Collision Braking, and Evasive Steer Control Assist.
Remember, these technologies aren’t meant to replace the operator’s focus when driving. As Ford says, Co-Pilot360 technology is “supplemental and does not replace the driver’s attention, judgment, and need to control the vehicle.” Give us a call at 204-772-2411 to learn more about our at-home test drive program and to experience Co-Pilot360 for yourself!