Eye-tracking Tops Consumer Reports' First Automated Driver System Ranking

US-based Consumer Reports has published its first-ever ranking of automated driver systems. Cadillac’s Super Cruise – the only system to feature eye-tracking technology – topped the ranking.

Also included in the test were Tesla’s Autopilot, which came in second, followed by Nissan/Infiniti’s ProPilot Assist, and Volvo’s Pilot Assist.

Consumer Reports, which has been testing and reviewing consumer products since 1936, ranked the systems according to the following criteria:

  • How Capable Is the Automation?

  • How Easy Is the System to Use?

  • Is It Clear to Drivers When to Use the System?

  • Does the System Help Make Sure the Driver Is Paying Attention?

  • What Does the System Do If Drivers Don’t or Can't Respond?

The publication estimates that “tens of thousands” of drivers will be faced with choices about automated driver systems as they replace aging cars in the next few years.

“We are at a tipping point where they are now going mainstream,” Consumer Reports’ director of auto testing Jake Fisher said of automated driving systems.

As a result, manufacturers need to be upfront with consumers about the systems’ capabilities and limitations.

“Consumers stand to gain a lot from the convenience of these systems, but only if automakers put safety first,” says Consumer Reports VP of advocacy David Friedman.

“We want to see automakers put the same emphasis on safety as they do on innovating and marketing these systems.”

Read the entire report here:  https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/cadillac-tops-tesla-in-automated-systems-ranking/