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Semi-Autonomous Driving: 13 of 14 Systems Fail New IIHS Test

•   The IIHS conducted a test of semi-autonomous driving systems; 13 out of 14 systems failed the test.

The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), the equivalent of Transport Canada, has the best reputation on the market when it comes to safety. The agency conducts numerous crash tests and is constantly adding criteria to ensure that the models offered by manufacturers are as safe as possible. 

The IIHS conducted a new test this year, evaluating the semi-autonomous driving systems that are currently available in vehicles, for instance Tesla's AutoPilot and GM's Super Cruise. 

The new test evaluates driver monitoring, attention reminders (in case of inattention) and emergency procedures that are triggered when necessary. 

The organization tested 14 systems from 9 manufacturers: BMW, Ford, GM (General Motors), Genesis, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Tesla and Volvo. The scores obtained follow the same classification table that governs crash tests, so with four rating possible: Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor.  

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