That’s because two years ago, as Jeep presented its “product roadmap” for the years 2018 through 2022, the brand announced that the Jeep Compass would be among the first of its products to receive Level-3 autonomy and enhanced connectivity. It’s likely one or both of those things that Jeep’s “connected with freedom” tagline for the Compass reveal is referring to.
Level-3 autonomy, as defined by the SAE, refers to an automated driving system that can take over all of the driving tasks – cruising, accelerating, decelerating, and keeping the vehicle safely within in its lane – in some select circumstances. GM’s Super Cruise system, for example, operates on over 200,000 miles of pre-mapped freeway in the US and Canada. While FCA was initially slow to embrace autonomous vehicle technology of any sort, it’s becoming a widely sought-after feature.