How the Three Major Self-Driving Systems Stack Up

One reporter tested the advanced driver safety assistance systems from Tesla, GM and Ford

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The interior of a Cadillac
GM Super Cruise featured on a Cadillac
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It seems every car maker is experimenting with advanced driver safety assistance systems — the long proper term for self-driving car features. Journalist Michael Wayland at CNBC
took a ride around Detroit in the three big names in the space — General Motors, Ford and Tesla — to find out who is ahead of the curve on self-driving development.

First, let’s meet our players: GM’s Super Cruise has been driving circles around the competition for years now.

Ford’s ADAS suite — the adorably named BlueCruise — isn’t quite as advanced, but the Blue Oval is dedicated to the technology’s development. The company is being more cautious in its self-driving development, but it is dedicated to the technology. Ford is currently in the middle of building an autonomous driving center in the heart of Detroit at the fabled (and formerly derelict) Michigan Central Station. And then there’s Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Capability Beta which is neither fully self-driving nor allows you to ride along on autopilot—despite repeated promises from Elon Musk. Tesla, however, did it first (sorta) so it’s lumped in to CNBC’s test.


How do these three titans of automotive technology measure up? You’ll have to head to CNBC to find out, but here’s a hint: Tesla does not take the gold ring. We already knew Teslas can’t really take on Detroit’s nightmare roads, but owners of Teslas with FSD Beta have recently complained that the system is getting worse, not better.

Correction: This article originally connected GM’s Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system to the GM-owned self-driving car division Cruise. The two systems are quite separate. We have corrected the article and regret the error.