Very Impressed with Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+

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I took delivery of a fully loaded Badlands, yesterday. I don't have much to say about it that hasn't already been said. I'm loving so far. However, I haven't seen that much said about its more advanced driving features so I thought I'd share some impressions.

I went into the settings and activated the Intelligent adaptive cruise control. Once that is activated, you can press a single button on the steering wheel and the system does the following:
  1. Engages the adaptive cruise control
  2. Sets the speed to the current road's speed limit
  3. Starts the lane centering steering
There's no swaying left and right between lines. Copilot keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane. When you pass speed limit signs, the car's speed is automatically adjusted. I've driven a few cars that have these features and this seems the most polished, besides something like a Tesla.

A few notes:
  • There's a setting that can automatically add a buffer of 1-5mph on top of the current speed limit.
  • You can still manually adjust the speed setpoint up and down, but the car will adjust the speed again when the speed limit changes.
  • When you get notified to keep your hands on the wheel, the car continues the assisted steering for some period of time. This is nice, because my last car disengaged the steering simultaneously with the notification.
  • Acceleration when the speed limit changes can be abrupt at lower speeds sometimes, I wish there was a way to lower it. I had an awkward situation where the speed limit increased as a cop was passing me and my car lunged forward as if I was trying to speed past the cop, lol.
EDIT: Adding the info from my post below about which features are included in the base Copilot360 vs Copilot360 Assist+ package.

The standard Copilot360 has the lane-keeping system.

The Lane-keeping System is a safety feature that detects when your vehicle is drifting out of the lane. It can be configured to provide an alert and/or a steering correction to assist in keeping your car from veering into the next lane over.

The Copilot360 Assist+ package has Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go with Lane Centering.

ACC
is standard radar based cruise control that most people are familiar with.

Stop and Go means ACC continues working even if vehicle in front of you comes to a complete stop. In older vehicles, ACC would cutoff below a certain speed and the driver needs to bring the car to a stop.

Lane centering is a convenience feature that actually steers the vehicle for you, keeping it in the center of the lane. However, it's far from a full self driving vehicle. The driver's hands need to remain on the steering wheel. It doesn't do anything fancy like lane changes.



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A buffer of only 1-5mph is not enough for me, I'm usually 8 - 10mph over.
 
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A buffer of only 1-5mph is not enough for me, I'm usually 8 - 10mph over.
Yeah, that's why it's nice that you can manually adjust it up and down still. Maybe, they will update it in the future. I doubt it, though, because larger buffer's become more of an issue at lower speeds. Right now, I've left it enabled because it gets me in the ball park to start. Also like that it will slow me down even if I didn't see a lower speed limit. That way I don't end up going 20mph over somewhere on accident.
 

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So is it 1-5 or 1-whatever? Here on the island where the highest speed limit is 45 and the main road is 7 miles of mostly straight, 1-5 is perfect. When I get to the mainland on highways I am a solid speed limit + 9 so I don’t have to worry about getting stopped.
 

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Just to clarify, the lane keeping/steering assist is part of the 360 and the assist + is the adaptive cruise control/ stop and go?

There's prob a post somewhere
 
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Just to clarify, the lane keeping/steering assist is part of the 360 and the assist + is the adaptive cruise control/ stop and go?

There's prob a post somewhere
It's easy to confuse them because different manufacturers refer to things differently and have different levels of operation.

The standard Copilot360 has the lane-keeping system.

The Lane-keeping System is a safety feature that detects when your vehicle is drifting out of the lane. It can be configured to provide an alert and/or a steering correction to assist in keeping your car from veering into the next lane over.

The Copilot360 Assist+ package has Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go with Lane Centering.

ACC
is standard radar based cruise control that most people are familiar with.

Stop and Go means ACC continues working even if vehicle in front of you comes to a complete stop. In older vehicles, ACC would cutoff below a certain speed and the driver needs to bring the car to a stop.

Lane centering is a convenience feature that actually steers the vehicle for you, keeping it in the center of the lane. However, it's far from a full self driving vehicle. The driver's hands need to remain on the steering wheel. It doesn't do anything fancy like lane changes.

I'll add this info to my post.
 

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