Ford’s hands-free technology is now available on the most affordable SUV

Ford (F) announced Monday that it will offer the 2023 Lincoln Corsair with a hands-free driving system called Lincoln ActiveGlide.

The Lincoln-branded Corsair will be the first “entry-level” SUV to receive the hands-free option, Ford said.

Ford currently offers the ActiveGlide system on the Lincoln Navigator, which is more expensive than the Corsair. The Corsair will now be the automaker’s most affordable vehicle with this technology. Ford also features a hands-free system called BlueCruise on its namesake models, including the Ford F-150 pickups, Lightning Truck, Mustang Mach-E and Expedition SUV.

The ActiveGlide system, which uses an array of cameras, sensors and laser-based lidar technology mapping, will be available on all three trim levels of the Corsair, Ford officials told CNBC. The technology is designed to control the vehicle’s speed and steering, while using an infrared camera to monitor the driver’s alertness.

“Corsair is artistically designed and expertly designed to attract younger Lincoln customers and give them the luxury experience they desire,” said Michael Sprague, Lincoln’s North America director, in a statement.

The Corsair costs around $40,000 to $55,000 depending on configuration, according to Lincoln’s website. Ford is taking orders for the 2023 Corsair, and the vehicles are expected to hit dealer showrooms early next year.

Ford said it will build the new Corsair at its assembly plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ford’s ActiveGlide and BlueCruise driver-assistance systems will compete with GM’s hands-free Super Cruise technology. Both automakers’ driver assistance options require the driver to take control of the vehicle in certain circumstances, such as when turning. They don’t offer the same advanced capabilities as Tesla’s Autopilot or Full Self-Driving systems, which some drivers have criticized for their abuse.

As of 12:51 p.m. ET Monday, Ford shares were trading at $15.52, up 10 cents, or 0.68%.

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