Tesla’s Autopilot system is an advanced driving aid that can steer, brake, and accelerate the car for you in certain situations, particularly on the highway. It’s more than a combination of adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist technology, though; driving with Autopilot engaged genuinely feels like the car is driving itself, though it’s important you keep your hand(s) on the wheel and pay attention at all times. I recently used Autopilot for hours at a time during a long road trip and was amazed at how naturally it steers and handles situations other cars wouldn’t even attempt.
Autopilot is so far ahead of competing technologies from companies like BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz that a comparison can hardly be made. Plus, it’s standard equipment on every Tesla sold (not to be confused with Full Self Driving, which is optional and includes more advanced features and the promise of additional ones when they’re available).
For its part, Ford won’t be offering a similarly capable advanced driving system on the Mustang Mach-E, let alone making it standard. It will offer Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 and Co-Pilot 360 Assist 2.0, two groups of advanced safety technology that do offer some active features as standard equipment, but they don’t coalesce to offer the same level of natural self-piloting that Teslas are capable of.