Cadillac ranked higher than Tesla in semi-autonomous driving tests

Greg S

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Consumer Reports has been known for testing a variety of household goods and vehicles and has now decided to launch a formal process for evaluating semi-autonomous driving features. Director of automotive testing Jake Fisher refers to self-driving capabilities and reasons, "we are at a tipping point where they are now going mainstream."

Tesla may have the biggest fan base of tech enthusiasts since the company does tend to push more boundaries of design and what is even possible to implement in a consumer vehicle, but it does not hold the crown from initial tests. Cadillac's CT6 sedan with Super Cruise takes home the top spot and leaves Tesla's Autopilot tech in second place.

Arriving third, ProPilot Assist found in the Infinity QX50 and Nissan Leaf was found to be one of the best systems for keeping drivers alert. Lastly, Pilot Assist on Volvo's XC40 and XC60 was found to be competitive, but still not up to par with others.

Even though Cadillac is the winner of Consumer Reports' testing, there are many limitations of each system that could make one more useful to you depending on your driving habits and region. Cadillac's system only works on divided highways that GM has already had the opportunity to map out. Rural areas need not apply. On the contrary, Tesla's Autopilot is able to be turned on with poor lane markings on winding roads without prior mapping required. However, there were mentions of erratic operation under such conditions so it may not be truly viable for curvy, poorly paved roads just yet.

Tesla does have one win though that is important to many buyers that can afford the luxury of high tech features. Ease of use and general capabilities go to Autopilot. Out of the systems tested, Autopilot was ranked as being easy to understand and most intuitive to use.

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bmw95

"Cadillac's system only works on divided highways that GM has already had the opportunity to map out" :poop:
 

MilwaukeeMike

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"Cadillac's system only works on divided highways that GM has already had the opportunity to map out" :poop:
Which would probably be the US interstate system. Any driving trip I go on about 90% of the time we're on the interstate.

Another important thing to note: The Cadillac CT6 starts at $55,000 that's like $20,000 more base MSRP than the other cars discussed here. Hopefully GM will figure out how to get this system into their cheaper lines like Chevy etc without increasing those prices too much.
 
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drjekelmrhyde

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"Cadillac's system only works on divided highways that GM has already had the opportunity to map out" :poop:
Which would probably be the US interstate system. Any driving trip I go on about 90% of the time we're on the interstate.

Another important thing to note: The Cadillac CT6 starts at $55,000 that's like $20,000 more base MSRP than the other cars discussed here. Hopefully GM will figure out how to get this system into their cheaper lines like Chevy etc without increasing those prices too much.
They are https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/06/butt-kicking-super-cruise-coming-to-all-my2020-cadillacs-more-gms-later/
 

Uncle Al

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Hmmmmmmm ..... these days I think a blind kid on a two wheeler would score higher than Tesla .... or so says my neighbor that has one! LOL
 
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senketsu

At least the other names make more sense than "Autopilot". Words like 'assist' are much closer to what these things do and if Tesla has thought a little deeper maybe we wouldn't have all these incidents with people thinking their Tesla can drive itself.
 
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captaincranky

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Another important thing to note: The Cadillac CT6 starts at $55,000 that's like $20,000 more base MSRP than the other cars discussed here. Hopefully GM will figure out how to get this system into their cheaper lines like Chevy etc without increasing those prices too much.
No, it actually isn't. The Tesla Model 3's base price has been boosted to somewhere in the neighborhood of $45,000, with examples that Tesla feels like shipping, going up to the neighborhood of $70,000.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-20/at-78-000-tesla-moves-mass-market-model-3-beyond-the-masses

https://www.techspot.com/news/75501-tesla-drops-all-mention-35000-model-3-website.html