Tesla Autopilot scores low for driver engagement in European safety rating

In this news, we discuss the Tesla Autopilot scores low for driver engagement in European safety rating.

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s autopilot ranked sixth out of 10 driver assistance systems assessed in a European safety assessment, scoring low on its ability to keep drivers engaged.

The Tesla Model 3’s autopilot only scored 36 points when rated on its ability to keep the driver’s attention on the road. But it got the highest marks for its performance and ability to respond to emergencies, with an overall rating of 131 and a “moderate” rating.

In contrast, the Mercedes GLE system, which obtained the highest overall rating of 174 and the best rating of “very good”, received a rating of 85 for driver engagement. Most of the other vehicles had scores of 70 or more for driver engagement.

The European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which worked with UK insurance group Thatcham Research, called the assessments the first consumer assessments specifically focused on driver assistance systems – a technology that automates certain tasks, including acceleration, braking and steering assistance.

Security and insurance researchers have frequently warned of the risks of consumers overestimating the capabilities of systems, a misconception augmented by some automakers calling their products Autopilot, ProPilot, or CoPilot.

Tesla’s autopilot has been criticized by the US National Transportation Safety Board for allowing drivers to divert their attention from the road, and US regulators have investigated 15 crashes since 2016 involving Tesla vehicles equipped with a driver automatic.

“Unfortunately, there are motorists who think they can buy an autonomous car today. This is a dangerous misconception that sees too much control given to vehicles that are not ready for all situations, ”said Matthew Avery, Euro NCAP board member and research director. at Thatcham Research.

In addition to the Mercedes GLE, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi VOWG_p.DE Q8, received the highest rating of “ very good ” while two models, the Renault Clio and the Peugeot, received the rating lowest of “ entry ”.

Reporting by Tina Bellon in New York; Edited by Edwina Gibbs

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-01 01:16:09.

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