mobile-menu-icon
Ford Authority

Farley Says Ford BlueCruise Is Extremely Profitable

Since its launch, Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driving assist feature has grown exponentially, vastly expanding its reach in a short period of time. BlueCruise has also racked up its fair share of accolades over the years, even beating out all of its rivals and earning the status of Consumer Reports’ top-rated active driving assistance system (ADAS) not just once, but twice. However, another primary benefit of BlueCruise – along with connected vehicle features in general – is that it’s extremely profitable for Ford, which is a topic that CEO Jim Farley touched on during the automaker’s Q4 2023 earnings call with investors.

Ford Mustang Mach-E BlueCruise Spain - Interior 001

“We launched some awesome tech. BlueCruise just passed 150 million miles of hand-free use, but more importantly, the growth is up 25 percent quarter-over-quarter, and the gross margins for BlueCruise are at 70-plus percent,” Farley said. “The same for Ford Pro Intelligence. And boy, can Ford do work vehicles.”

That 70 percent figure is indeed eye-opening, underscoring the importance of connected vehicle tech in terms of growing FoMoCo’s profits moving forward. However, it does somewhat come at the expense of recent price increases that drew the ire of users, as Ford Authority reported last May. In fact, when BlueCruise originally became available, consumers had one option – purchase a three-year subscription for $600. Now, that same three-year subscription costs $2,100, or customers can pay $75 per month or $800 per year after their 90-day trial period is up.

Regardless, BlueCruise continues to attract more and more users, and is also being added to more and more vehicles – including, most recently, the 2024 Lincoln Navigator, 2024 Lincoln Nautilus, and the refreshed 2025 Lincoln Aviator. Ford also continues to update BlueCruise with new features, with version 1.3 utilizing data collected from user vehicles to help drivers stay engaged in hands-free mode longer, including around curves and narrow lanes – up to three times longer compared to version 1.2 and five times longer than version 1.0.

We’ll have more on BlueCruise soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

Subscribe to Ford Authority

For around-the-clock Ford news coverage

We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates. It's totally free.

Comments

  1. Mike

    When is Ford going to distribute BlueCruise version 1.3?

    Reply
    1. StarLord

      The same genius that program BC must code this site.

      Of course it’s greatly profitable when you take peoples money and never deliver anything.

      Reply
  2. Anthony Scotto

    More stuff to pay for !!!! I can keep my hands on the wheel !! How about let’s get my new aviator out of the shop for stupid recalls and parts for the heated seats that don’t work and telling me they have no idea when they can have the parts .

    Reply
  3. Carleton Candis

    Go with Ford

    Reply

Leave a comment

Cancel