Tesla Autopilot gets top marks for performance but trashed for driver engagement in recent industry-wide tests

In a brand new Euro NCAP report, Tesla Autopilot gets top marks for its performance, nevertheless it gets also trashed for its driver engagement.

The European Recent Automobile Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), a European voluntary automotive safety performance assessment program, has produced a brand new report about automated driving systems in partnership with Thatcham Research.

The report judges the various systems based on three predominant categories: Vehicle Assistance, Driver Engagement, and Safety Backup.

Out of the ten systems tested, Tesla’s Autopilot received the highest performance in all categories apart from driver engagement, where it received the bottom performance.

Here’s how they describe driver engagement:

The extent of driver engagement they provide is the carmaker’s portrayal of assistance appropriate of their marketing material? How effectively does the automotive monitor the motive force to make sure they’re engaged with the driving process? How easy is it for the motive force to interact with the assisted system? How clearly does the automotive communicate its assistance status? 

They took particular issue with the name of Tesla’s driver-assist system, the promotional material, lack of head-up display, and lack of driver monitoring system.

Euro NCAP wrote about Autopilot driver engagement:

Tesla’s system name Autopilot is inappropriate because it suggests full automation. The promotional material suggests automation where the handbook appropriately indicates the constraints of the system capabilities, which may lead to confusion. Status information is evident, however the Model 3 doesn’t offer a head-up display showing the system status in the motive force’s direct line of sight. While the Tesla is provided with an internal camera, it isn’t used for Driver Monitoring relying only on steering wheel input for driver engagement. The system resists driver steering input after which disengages, limiting co-operative driving.

While Tesla is scoring at the underside for driver engagement, Autopilot has crushed all other systems for on the actual performance:

Here’s a video they produced in regards to the recent grading standard they try to ascertain for assisted driving:

Electrek’s Take

I feel that’s mostly fair. Perhaps they need to give more weight to the actual performance in the general grading.

I’d disagree in regards to the name Autopilot. I don’t think it suggests “full automation” like they’re claiming.

Nevertheless, Tesla selling people a “full self-driving capability” package together with Autopilot may be more confusing.

Subsequently, I can concede that Tesla’s overall “promotional material suggests automation” may be confusing to some.

But I feel that’s not the largest problem with driver engagement.

The shortage of strong driver monitoring is the actual problem. The indisputable fact that Tesla can’t even detect hands on wheels and only really detect torque apply to the wheel is a shame.

Gaze detection could be a giant plus too, but I feel recent steering wheel sensors would make the largest difference.

What do you think that? Tell us within the comment section below.

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