Consumer Reports has announced the results of its latest tests, which evaluated the performance of partially automated driving systems, like Cadillac’s Super Cruise and Volvo’s Pilot Assist systems. After testing the various systems, Consumer Reports says that Cadillac’s Super Cruise system is the best, since it “does the best job of balancing high-tech capabilities with ensuring that the car is operated safely and that the driver is paying attention.”
The current partially automated driving systems in today’s cars aren’t intended as self-driving systems, but instead they can help take over some of the controls in certain situations, like on the highway. The systems are ideal for helping reduce driver fatigue. Consumer Reports’ tests, tested how well each system was able to control the car’s steering and speed, in addition to making sure that drivers still paid attention to the road.
In the latest tests, Consumer Reports evaluated the performance of the Cadillac’s Super Cruise, Nissan/ Infiniti’s ProPilot Assist, Tesla’s Autopilot and Volvo’s Pilot Assist system. Tesla’s system came in second thanks to its ease of use and capabilities, while Nissan’s came in third. Volvo’s system was rated the lowest out of the four.
“Stacked up against each other, you can really see significant differences,” stated Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “The best systems balance capability with safeguards—making driving easier and less stressful in the right situations. Without proper safeguards, overreliance on the system is too easy, which puts drivers at risk.”
Source: Consumer Reports