Tesla’s Self-Driving Drive Drops In Consumer Reports Ratings By Investing.com

Tesla’s Self-Driving Drive Drops In Consumer Reports Ratings By Investing.com


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By Michael Elkins

Consumer Reports reported Wednesday that Tesla’s Full Self-Driving System (FSD) (NASDAQ:

Of the 12 systems Consumer Reports tested, Ford Motor’s (NYSE: ) BlueCruise came out on top, followed by General Motors’ (NYSE: ) Cadillac Super Cruise and Mercedes-Benz’s (ETR: ) Driver Assistance. Tesla was previously ranked 2nd in 2020, behind Super Cruise. However, the program has dropped to seventh place in the group.

Tesla did not change the basic functionality of Autopilot, but instead added other functions to it, according to the group.

“After all this time, Autopilot still doesn’t enable cooperative driving and doesn’t have a good driver monitoring system,” Consumer Reports director of vehicle testing Jake Fisher said in a statement.

The FSD program has also come under scrutiny, as 830,000 vehicles equipped with the program have been inspected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) following a series of accidents with parked emergency vehicles. In June, the agency said evidence suggested that drivers in most of the accident and emergency vehicles it investigated had heeded Tesla’s warning strategy that aims to force the driver’s attention, which raises questions about its effectiveness.

NHTSA has opened more than three dozen separate investigations into Tesla crashes, in which advanced systems, including Autopilot, were believed to have been used, and 19 deaths have been reported.