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Sam Abuelsamid and the Blue Cruise (Part 2)

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1824

Sam joins Leo to talk about Ford's second-generation driving assist software called "Blue Cruise." Level 2 means the system is capable of performing steering and speed control, but the driver still must be alert to take over should the need develop. So no crawling in the back seat. Blue Cruise is a hands-off system, like Chevy's Super Cruise, but they are limited to divided highways. Ford has about 130,000 miles of divided highways mapped, while GM has around 200,000. No stop signs or traffic lights. That also means no cruising on city streets. 

Sam Abuelsamid and SuperCruising in Blue

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1814

Sam joins Leo to talk about GM's new Sierra truck that has supercruise that's a little bit too much like Ford's Blue Cruise. So much so that Ford is suing them for trademark infringement. One of the key features of the hands-free system is that it will only operate on a mapped highway, while Tesla's will work on any road. Sam says that a more conservative approach is the right move, saying you don't want to make your customers beta testers for a self-driving system that may not work as expected.