Tesla Autopilot vs. Cadillac Super Cruise – Comparison Video

APR 9 2018 BY MARK KANE 17

Here’s an  interesting comparison test of Tesla Autopilot and the Cadillac Super Cruise assistance systems performed by Edmunds.

As more and more manufacturers start to offer assistance systems, soon we’ll see more comparison similar to this one.

Autopilot in the Tesla Model 3 (or Model S, Model X) is not the same as the new Cadillac Super Cruise in the CT6 model.

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Tesla Autopilot struggles (source: Edmunds)

In the case of Autopilot, it can be engaged on a broad spectrum of roads and offers things like lane change. However, the freedom makes the system sometimes not capable of handling a certain situation (see how the Model 3 struggles on the wide lane). Anyways, Tesla cars are promised to be hardware ready for full autonomous driving and should continue to improve with new over-the-air updates.

As for Cadillac Super Cruise, the system is very conservative and limited to only major highways, without intersections or even roadwork. Unlike Tesla, Cadillac uses eyes tracking (even with sunglasses) instead of asking you to keep your hands on the steering wheel. In effect, all you need to do is watch straight ahead and enjoy hands-free driving, which is apparently more relaxing, according to Edmunds. The steering wheel on the CT6 with Super Cruise is special too, with an LED indicator that shows system status.

“Tesla’s Autopilot and Cadillac’s Super Cruise are the most capable driver assistance systems available and provide a glimpse toward the future of self-driving cars. These semi-autonomous driving modes aren’t the same, though. And while Tesla’s Autopilot has been deployed on the Model S, Model X and Model 3, Super Cruise debuted this year and is available only on the Cadillac CT6. We drove an Autopilot-equipped Tesla Model 3 and a Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 to explore the system’s similarities and differences in the real world.”

Tesla Autopilot struggles (source: Edmunds)

Cadillac Super Cruise:

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This One Is Easy…

Supercruise – Like having a liability attorney at the wheel limiting the exposure to risk or injury on designated roads and conditions (no construction road exposure).

AutoPilot – The liability attorney has warned you about your responsibility but have fun and enjoy the technology. For the rest of the public on the roads… One day it could be Mr. Rogers and the next day it could be Justin Biebers’ judgement at the wheel on a road near you using AutoPilot.

I feel like people are so conditioned to accepting terms and agreement of use (e.g., iTunes TOS) that they just accept without really knowing the limitations of the system and responsibilities of the user.

That Cadillac looked comfortable.
Interesting to compare different systems.
Would have been nice to see 5-6 systems compared.

Also.. in winter, with no road markings, and with varying quality of snow removing.

The noise levels of wind & road noise were quite markedly between the two cars.
The cadillac does indeed look like a nice quiet ride.

As Konstantin Kurilyak stated:
Showing an old version of Tesla’s Autopilot. Their Model 3 software version is 2018.4.X. Autopilot made significant improvement in the next version 2018.10.X. Therefore, this video is outdated. The issues discussed in the video are not showing in the new software 2018.10.X. It would be great if they re-test Autopilot using the latest software.

They DID retest Tesla AP with the new 10.5 SW, there is a link at the end of the video, with the update from early April – Short version, the Tesla did better..

Given that the Telsa had “problems” with the older version of V8.4, it DOES illustrate the fundamentally more conservative GM approach. My sense is that individual buyers can make their own choices on which is better approach, but clearly GM and Cruise are taking the slower, more conservative approach.

Now if we could just get Uber to dial things back a bit, I’m sure the folks in AZ and Pittsburgh would appreciate that.

Musk’s ethos, FBOW, is on display here. He knows cultural acceptance, from deadly blunders to the “safer” stats Silicon Valley is after, will take time and won’t happen if these systems aren’t placed into people’s hands.

He’s also gained a very different customer.

I really think it’s more reflective of Musk’s recklessness. Being willing to take risks has clearly paid off for him in life. But still sometimes being overly aggressive can end up blowing up in your face.

while the Tesla system can be engaged on any roads, Tesla expressly says you are not supposed to.

Autopilot limitations from the manual:
“Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is a beta feature.
Traffic-Aware Cruise Control is primarily intended for driving on dry, straight roads, such as highways and freeways. It should not be used on city streets.

Warning: Do not use Traffic-Aware Cruise Control on city streets or on roads where traffic conditions are constantly changing.

Warning: Do not use Traffic-Aware Cruise Control on winding roads with sharp curves, on icy or slippery road surfaces, or when weather conditions (such as heavy rain, snow, fog, etc.) make it inappropriate to drive at a consistent speed.

Auto steer is a beta product.

Autosteer is intended for use only on highways and limited-access roads with a fully attentive driver. When using Autosteer, hold the steering wheel and be mindful of road conditions and surrounding tra c. Do not use Autosteer on city streets, in construction zones, or in areas where bicyclists or pedestrians may be present.”

“Autosteer is intended for use only on highways and limited-access roads with a fully attentive driver… Do not use Traffic-Aware Cruise Control on winding roads with sharp curves”

And yet, Tesla released an official video showing AutoSteer being used on city streets and winding roads with two-way traffic. Not a single limited-access road in the entire 10 minute drive! But at least the video did suggest the (largely unseen) driver kept his attention on the road the entire time, with his hands in his lap close to the wheel.


This appears to be some random guy with no Tesla affiliation.

Also, since it is working without hands on wheels, it appears to be a test of their FSD system and not the current beta autopilot released to cars.

Really makes me want a full electric Caddy! Come on GM, make it!

For a blind or disabled person….Hold on to you butt! For a fully capable person with no disabilities….Keep the H away! I like to drive and I like to be in control. MN winter driving I would never trust a drone on ice, snow, or up against MN crazy drivers. going the speed limit I can just see some road raging driver is likely to run you off the road after tail gating you for a mile because you are in the fast lane putting along because the A. I . thinks that is the lane you are supposed to be in.

Definitely more comfortable with how GM has implemented and pushed out this system. It’s scary watching the fan videos of Tesla drivers abusing Autopilot and using it in dangerous and unsupported scenarios.

I know they aren’t comparing the cars, just the autonomous tech, but wow what a contrast between the rides. The video of the Cadillac is quiet and smooth. The video of the Model 3 has a lot of wind/road noise, and the driver is bouncing all over the place.

Weather it is a computer backing its self up or a car driving down the street. Do not trust automated systems. They will fail and have always failed. We are to a point in time where the hype is that these are intelligent artificial systems navigating cars to make you in awe of how smart we as humans have become. Sure, all of this is impressive but needs to be closely monitored by the occupant. There are countless situations where the A.I will not know how to react, or will not know how to deal with a situation. (Old lady crossing in the middle of an unmarked street with a grocery cart) These systems are in a nut shell a whole bunch of sensors connected to a CPU that is trying to determine an action for multiple inputs being fed into it. Programmers are imperfect so will A.I also be. The “Learning A.I. systems will make mistakes just like people learning and some of them fatal.