Main themes: This week our panel wades chest-deep into the partially automated driving systems that we’re seeing on more of today’s new cars. CR for the first time has ranked four of the most common systems: Cadillac’s Super Cruise, Nissan/Infiniti’s ProPilot Assist, Tesla’s Autopilot, and Volvo’s Pilot Assist. We go into the pros and cons of each, and explain why none of these systems should be considered self-driving features.

Audience Questions:

  • Do we really need partially automated steering systems in our cars?
  • What can be done to extend the life of a nearly worn-out transmission?
  • Is there a better choice than the Subaru Forester for active-lifestyle folks?
  • What’s a good car, with plenty of advanced safety systems, for a pair of 79-year-olds who still like to drive?
Panelists Kelly Funkhouser, Mike Monticello, and Jake Fisher
Panelists: Kelly Funkhouser, Mike Monticello, and Jake Fisher

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify and video on YouTube.

Google Maps, Alexa, Subaru Forester, episode 170
• Subaru Ascent and Audi E-Tron, episode 169
• Lexus UX, Storm Preparation, episode 168
• Chevrolet Silverado, Mercedes-Benz EQC, episode 167
• Hyundai Santa Fe, NAFTA Trade Impact, episode 166

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