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Autonomous driving: Tesla Autopilot loses against Super Cruise from GM

Last updated on March 9, 2021

US consumer advocates have tested driver assistance systems. Surprisingly, Tesla’s autopilot lost to the competition.

System Super Cruise (Image: Cadillac)

In the test of the US consumer magazine Consumer Report , Tesla’s driver assistance system Autopilot performed worse than the Super Cruise system developed by General Motors.

The Tesla autopilot comes in second, with a large gap in the points evaluation. The Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise got 69 points, the Model Y only 57 points.

In third place is the co-driver 360 from Ford with 52 points, Audi did badly with 48 points and Mercedes with 46 points. This is followed by BMW with 44 points and Volvo with 41 points.

The consumer advocates were particularly positive about the Cadillac’s infrared camera , which monitors the driver and ensures that they keep their eyes on the road even during automated driving. This is necessary because the actions of the assistance systems must not take place unattended. People must be able to intervene at any time, and that is only possible if they concentrate on the road.

At Tesla, driver monitoring is not done by a camera, but via the steering wheel. If the driver does not hold onto this again, there will be an alarm after a while. It is not checked whether the person behind the wheel is looking at the road.

According to the Consumer Report, notification of an impending failure of the driver assistance system takes place more clearly at General Motors. There is a clear visual warning when the driver has to take over again. GM uses a map system for early detection to record situations for which the assistance system was not built. At Tesla, there is a loud alarm or a symbol change if the autopilot cannot cope with the task. This often happens abruptly, judged the consumer advocates.

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