GM Super Cruise beats Tesla Autopilot again in latest hands-free test

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DETROIT – General Motors’ Super Cruise once again surpassed Tesla’s Autopilot in a Consumer Reports evaluation of 17 vehicles equipped with active driver assistance systems (ADAS), the testing organization said Wednesday.

A Tesla Model Y equipped with Autopilot finished “a distant second,” the group told a Cadillac CT6 equipped with Super Cruise, which GM is rolling out to more than 20 vehicles in the next three vehicles – including its new Hummer electric pickup truck. . years.

Safety and insurance researchers have regularly warned about the risks posed by consumers overestimating the capabilities of ADAS systems, a misconception that is compounded by the fact that some automakers refer to their products as 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 latest test, conducted this summer on a track and on public roads, the Cadillac scored 69 points out of a total of 100, while the Tesla scored 57 points. A Lincoln Corsair fitted with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 system finished third with 52.

The critical difference in the Super Cruise system is a driver-facing infrared camera to ensure he or she is watching the road and ready to take over manual control when needed, said Kelly Funkhouser, Head of Connected and Automated Vehicle Testing at Consumer Reports.

The group noted that Autopilot can turn off abruptly in some situations, while Super Cruise better informed the driver when the system is turned off.

In recent European safety testing, a Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot came sixth out of 10 systems, achieving high marks for performance and ability to respond to emergencies, but was unable to draw the driver’s attention to the road. hold.

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