The all-new Cadillac Escalade SUV is more like a luxury car than ever before, says Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu. Cadillac has topped Tesla for the second time running in a Consumer Reports test of highway driving assistance systems. The organization evaluated the highway lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control capabilities of 17 different systems and Cadillac's Super Cruise was the clear winner with 69 points to Tesla Autopilot's 57, with the Ford/Lincoln Co-Pilot360 system finishing third with 52. Cadillac had previously finished first in a 2018 test of six systems. The test considered several criteria that included performance, ease of use and the system's ability to monitor whether or not the driver is paying attention to the road.
GM's Super Cruise, the automaker's hands-free driving assistance feature, currently only works on highways. But according to one of its executives (as reported by Autoblog), the company is working to expand its capabilities so that it could also provide a hands-free driving experience on city streets, making it more of a rival to Tesla's Autopilot. GM's VP of global product development Doug Parks announced that a separate team is developing the capability dubbed "Ultra Cruise" at the online Citi 2020 Car of the Future Symposium. "We're trying to take that same capability off the highway. Ultra Cruise would be all of the Super Cruise plus the neighborhoods, city streets and subdivisions. So Ultra Cruise's domain would be essentially all driving, all the time," he said.
Autonomous driving is slowly but surely rolling out to even more customers. Tesla announced last week that its semi-autonomous driving feature, Autopilot -- which can steer and change lanes on its own -- will be a part of all its electric cars ordered online. And now General Motors is adding more self-driving features to its cars with its Super Cruise hands-free system. SEE ALSO: I drove a Cadillac from New York to D.C. without using my hands Super Cruise works a lot like Autopilot, with sensors and cameras and GPS guiding the car, but only on certain highways across the U.S. and Canada, where the computer knows the route. Unlike with Autopilot, drivers don't have to keep their hands on the wheel.
Cadillac has outscored Tesla in a Consumer Reports evaluation of semi-automated driver aids that can help steer and brake a car to different extents. The GM brand's Super Cruise system put in a better overall performance than Tesla's Autopilot across a range of criteria, the testing organization said, while Nissan's ProPilot Assist and Volvo's Pilot Assist were far behind the top two. Consumer Reports found Super Cruise to do the best job balancing its capabilities with safety, praising its ability to tell if a driver is paying attention to the road and ready to take control in an emergency. Super Cruise only works on highway sections that it knows it is able to operate effectively on, thanks to a database of 3D maps. It uses a combination of cameras, radars and ultrasonic sensors to monitor the road, and a camera in the cabin that can determine if a driver is looking ahead with their eyes open.