Cadillac beats Tesla in Consumer Reports' automated driver system ratings

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Consumer Reports is out with its first-ever ratings of automated driver systems, and you might be surprised to learn that General Motors beat out Tesla.

The editors gave top marks to Cadillac’s Super Cruise. They say 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.

"It actually has a camera that looks at the driver's eyes to make sure that they're looking at the road ahead of them. That really is a game changer and we're hoping to see a lot more of that going forward,” as Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports automotive testing director, explained on CNBC.

Fisher said Tesla’s Autopilot, which came in second in CR's rankings is a very good system that scored high for its capabilities and ease of us.

“The problem with Tesla is that it allows you to use it in situations where honestly you shouldn't be using it – roads that aren't controlled, roads that might have pedestrians or stopped vehicles,” Fisher said.

Nissan’s ProPilot Assist came in third. Volvo's Pilot Assist scored comparatively lower.

More Info: Cadillac Tops Tesla in Consumer Reports' First Ranking of Automated Driving Systems

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