Toronto, Ontario — Analysis conducted by Consumer Reports has found that Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assistance system has truly fallen from grace in its OEM ADAS rankings, slipping from second to seventh place from 2020 to now.
General Motors and its Super Cruise hands-free driving system have replaced Tesla in the no. 2 spot of the Consumer Reports ranking, falling just short of Ford’s BlueCruise, but outperforming Mercedes-Benz’s Driver Assistance platform, which ranked third, according to Reuters.
Consumer Reports’ director of auto testing says that while much has been added to Tesla’s Autopilot software over the years, little has been done to improve its basic functionality.
“After all this time, Autopilot still doesn’t allow collaborative steering and doesn’t have an effective driver monitoring system,” said Jake Fisher in a statement.
If this unsightly fall in the rankings isn’t bad enough, Tesla is still contending with a probe from the U.S.’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as several lawsuits concerning a series of crashes that have been linked with the company’s Autopilot technology.
In response to media questions about the probe’s status, NHTSA acting administrator Ann Carlson said, “we’re moving as quickly as we can, but we also want to be careful and make sure we have all the information we need.”