A Tesla Model 3 and its Autopilot system received the top rank, among a list of 11, in a test conducted in China by motoring group Garage 42. Overall, the Tesla Model 3’s advanced driver assistance system received a total score of 283 points, leading with a significant gap from the second-place holder, the BMW X5, which had an overall score of 208.
The gap between Tesla and BMW speaks volumes, especially considering that the Model 3 was running software 2020.24.6.4 instead of a more recent firmware. It was also unclear whether Garage 42 based its score solely on basic Autopilot or if they also utilized features that were exclusive to Tesla’s Full Self-Driving suite. The tests for each category would still have been feasible with basic Autopilot since it comes standard with all Tesla cars and includes comprehensive ADAS capabilities.
Garage 42 gave the cars scores for eight categories which are roughly translated below.
- Driving ability while in a congested road.
- Driving when met with special or unique circumstances
- Auxiliary lane changes
- Ability to execute curves
- Human-computer interaction
- Automatic Parking
- Night driving
- Driving ability whit it is raining
Garage 42’s focus and categories seem appropriate for a test ranking automated driver-assist systems (ADAS) and each appear to hold the same weight in the total score. Consumer Reports and Euro-NCAP, in its first Assisted Driving Grading system, have scored Tesla’s ADAS using rather different metrics.
Tesla was unable to claim lost the top spot in Europe and North America in the past because some categories weighed more than others. Consumer Reports in United States ranked Tesla’s ADAS a “distant second” to GM’s Super Cruise, deducting numerous points over Autopilot’s lack of human monitoring features. The Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research in Europe heavily penalized Tesla for calling its ADAS “Autopilot,” resulting in Autopilot ranking 6th out of 10 systems.
With Garage 42’s rankings, the Tesla Model 3 scored highest in all the categories except for automatic parking and driving in congested roads. There have been a good number of Tesla users who have commented that the company’s Autopark feature still needs some work. The Tesla Model 3’s performance in congested roads may differ in each region. In China or other Southeast Asian countries, roads may be more congested than roads in North America and Europe.