12 Safest Cars with Autopilot Technology on Sale in 2017

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Even though Tesla motors proudly call their semi-autonomous driving system an Autopilot, this term is a little bit misleading and you cannot expect a car in 2017 to be 100% self driving.

However, the technology is getting there and not only Tesla is making efforts to adding driver’s assist capabilities to their cars. Check out our list of semi-autonomous autos that are already on the roads today. Enjoy the ride.

Cars featured in this video:
Tesla Model S P100D and Model X: www.tesla.com/models

BMW 750i and other representatives of 7 series: www.press.bmwgroup.com/usa/article/detail/T0221442EN_US/the-all-new-bmw-7-series?language=en_US

Mercedes-Benz S-Class: media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/S-Class.xhtml?oid=9266924

Toyota Corolla 2017 with Toyota Safety Sense: toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/press_kits.cfm?presskit_id=292

Honda Accord: automobiles.honda.com/accord-hybrid

Chevrolet Volt: www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car

Chrysler Pacifica: www.chrysler.com/pacifica.html

Genesis G80: www.genesis.com/us/en/genesis-g80.html

Subaru Legacy: media.subaru.com/newsrelease.do?id=987&mid=130

Ford Fusion: media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/12/28/ford-debuts-next-generation-fusion-hybrid-autonomous-development.html

Infiniti Q50S: infinitinews.com/en-US/infiniti/usa/presskits/us-2016-infiniti-q50-press-kit

Volvo XC90: www.media.volvocars.com/global/en-gb/models/xc90/2017/pressreleases

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  1. Your information on the Tesla is somewhat inaccurate. The hardware is standard equipment on all models. There is no extra hardware needed for autopilot. Software for safety features (accident avoidance) is also standard. The autopilot software (auto speed control and auto steering) is an extra cost option.

    Autopilot is not misleading. It is the same concept as used in airplanes, which does not eliminate the need for a pilot. It's a driver assist technology at present. If there is any misunderstanding it originates from the fact that Tesla intends to upgrade the software to full autonomy in stages as it becomes available. It is intended that the hardware will not need any upgrades; it is capable of supporting full autonomy now, but the feature cannot be fully utilized without the accompanying software.

  2. Thanks for the video. Good info as always.
    It's good to see that lot of the auto manufacturers are headed the right direction (towards driver assistance semi-autonomous technologies).

    Generic question: Are the main sensor technologies that drive autonomous driving, mainly radar sensors (around the car), and camera? I don't think many cars use LIDAR (laser based equivalent of radar), which were primarily used in the DARPA autonomous vehicle competitions.

    Also do you have any info on how reliable the autopilot system in Tesla (and other cars are) as there has been at least one case where the radar failed to detect a truck and ended on driver fatality. I think that was the first ever autonomous vehicle fatality. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/01/business/inside-tesla-accident.html
    The main cause of that could be Tesla's "autopilot" terminology which is very misleading (mainly done for marketing purposes). It might make people think they can fall asleep and the car can drive itself.

  3. Tesla's Autopilot is named after the feature in planes, which does pretty much the same. So the name's been wisely chosen. As for the rest: it's very difficult to compare the vehicles because features that are available are not mentioned with all cars that have it.

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