Move over Tesla, GM’s Super Cruise driver-assist features are better
That said, is the test really fair?
With all of the column inches that Tesla gets for its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving system, you’d be forgiven if you thought it was the best system on the market. That dubious honor actually belongs to Cadillac, with its Super Cruise self-driving system. That’s according to Consumer Reports, where the Cadillac cruised to victory in this year’s rankings.
The Super Cruise system also won the last time CR did a ranking, back in 2018. That leaves Tesla a “distant second” according to the testers at CR. Yikes.
The thing is, they’re very different systems, and I’m not entirely sure I agree with CR‘s assessment. Tesla’s Autopilot system was created to work anywhere, anytime; with all of the additional processing that an all-encompassing system requires. Super Cruise took a different road, limiting the system to pre-mapped roads only, and aggressively reminds the driver to keep their attention on the road. How aggressively? Well, there’s a camera watching the driver at all times, and if their attention goes elsewhere, a combination of lights and sounds reminds them to focus.
It seems that CR really ranked the relative safety of each self-driving system, and not how impressive the system is overall. Tesla lost points for letting drivers use Autopilot on residential streets, while Super Cruise gained points for doing a better job of safely bringing the vehicle to a stop if the driver was incapacitated for some reason.
Still, this will be seen as a win by GM, Cadillac’s parent company, who plans to bring the system to 22 more vehicles over the next few years. Oh, and if you wondered about the other self-driving systems from other manufacturers? CR didn’t find enough between them to differentiate, making a crowded pack behind Cadillac and Tesla.
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