Photo of a 2019 Ford Edge SUV with Ford Co-Pilot 360

Most new Ford vehicles will come standard with a suite of advanced safety features by 2020, including forward-collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, the automaker announced this week.

Ford calls the safety suite Co-Pilot 360, and in addition to FCW and AEB, it includes blind-spot warning (BSW), lane-keeping assist (LKA), and automatic high-beam headlights. Co-Pilot 360 will debut this fall on the 2019 Ford Edge and Edge ST and will eventually be available on 91 percent of new Ford vehicles.

According to Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets, the changes are partially due to consumer preference. “Drivers tell us they are still stressed about getting in a potential accident,” he said in a statement. “That’s one reason why we’re making these must-have technologies accessible to millions of customers each year.”

Some of Ford’s commercial vehicles will offer these new advanced safety features. According to the automaker, E-Series vans, F-650 and F-750 work trucks, and the F59 chassis (used for delivery vans) will offer optional AEB, lane-departure warning, and an alert system to detect driver drowsiness. 

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The Co-Pilot 360 announcement was one of many pledges the automaker shared during an event at its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters. In addition to adding advanced safety features, Ford also says it plans to replace 75 percent of its existing vehicle lineup by 2020, add four new trucks and SUVs, release more hybrids and EVs, and streamline its product planning process.

"Ford's safety announcement is a positive step, getting closer to our call for proven safety features to be standard across all new vehicles," said David Friedman, director of cars and product policy and analysis at Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports. "And while their announcement of more hybrid and electric vehicles is promising, they should also expand efforts to use conventional technology to ensure higher fuel efficiency comes standard on all their products."

Last November, Consumer Reports released a report (PDF) encouraging automakers to categorize safety and convenience features separately and has called on automakers to make proven safety and fuel economy features standard on all new vehicles. Currently, Consumer Reports adds points to a model’s Overall Score if it has AEB and FCW as standard features across all trims.

In 2016, Ford was one of 20 automakers that entered a voluntary agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to make AEB a standard feature across virtually all models sold in the U.S. by Sept. 1, 2022.

Consumer Reports agreed to assist in monitoring automaker progress toward meeting the agreement. (See where automakers stand on automatic emergency braking pledge.)

CR has compiled a guide to which advanced safety systems are available on which vehicles for the 2018 model year. AEB is currently standard on all 2018 Toyota and Volvo models, and nearly all 2018 vehicles from Mazda and Mercedes-Benz.