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GM’s Super Cruise Secures First Spot: Consumer Reports


Autopilot could shutdown abruptly whereas Super Cruise informs the driver before the system disengages.

Once again, testing organization saw Super Cruise of General Motors overtaking Autopilot technology of Tesla, as per Consumer Reports based on evaluation carried out on seventeen vehicles that were equipped with ADAS, “active driving assistance systems”.
As per Reuters report:
“A Tesla Model Y fitted with Autopilot finished “a distant second,” the group said, to a Cadillac CT6 equipped with Super Cruise, which GM is rolling out to more than 20 vehicles - including its new Hummer electric pickup truck - over the next three years”.
Researchers of insurance and safety issues have expressed their concern quite frequently on overstating the abilities of ADAS. This happens due to a misconception that was heightened as some auto manufacturers calls their products either as “Autopilot, ProPilot or Co-Pilot”.
In a test conducted in 2018, “Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise” had a higher score than the Autopilot of Tesla Model 3. The recent test, however, was conducted on a track as well as “on public roads”, wherein “Cadillac scored 69 points out of a possible 100” while Tesla was 12 points behind. The third position was claimed by “Ford Motor Co's F.N Co-Pilot 360 system” fitted on a Lincoln Corsair.
The Head of Connected and Automated Vehicle Testing for Consumer Reports, Kelly Funkhouser stated that the difference between the first place and the second place holder is that the former has a “driver-facing infrared camera to make sure he or she is paying attention to the road and is ready to take over manual control when necessary”.
The group’s observation was that with Autopilot one can experience abrupt shutdown whereas Super Cruise did better as it informed the driver before the system disengaged. Furthermore, Reuters added:
“In recent European safety testing, a Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot placed sixth out of 10 systems, getting high marks for performance and ability to respond to emergencies, but falling short on its ability to maintain a driver’s focus on the road”.