General Motors Co.’s Super Cruise again edged Tesla’s autopilot in an assessment of 17 vehicles equipped with Active Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) by Consumer Reports, the test organization said on Wednesday.
A Tesla Model Y fitted with an autopilot finished “a distant second,” the group said, to a Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6, which GM is deploying on more than 20 vehicles – including its new electric Hummer pickup truck – at the over the next three. years.
Security and insurance researchers have frequently warned of the risks of consumers overestimating the capabilities of ADAS systems, a misconception augmented by some automakers calling their products Autopilot, ProPilot, or Co-Pilot.
In 2018, the Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise scored higher than a Tesla Model 3 with autopilot, in a Consumer Reports test of just four vehicles equipped with ADAS.
In the last test, carried out this summer on track and on public roads, the Cadillac scored 69 points out of a possible 100, while the Tesla scored 57. A Lincoln Corsair fitted with the Ford Motor Co. Co-Pilot 360 system. finished third with 52.
The critical difference in the Super Cruise system is a driver-facing infrared camera to make sure he or she is paying attention to the road and is ready to take manual control if needed, said Kelly Funkhouser, head of testing. connected and automated vehicles at Consumer Reports.
The group noted that the autopilot may come to an abrupt halt in certain situations, while Super Cruise did a better job notifying the driver when the system disengages.
In recent European safety tests, a Tesla Model 3 with autopilot placed sixth out of 10 systems, scoring high marks for its performance and ability to respond to emergencies, but below its ability to maintain attention of the driver on the road.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit Additional reporting by Tina Bellon in New York Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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