And although GM delayed the technology, Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen believes the automaker’s slow-and-steady approach will bring success in the long-term. Automotive News reported on Wednesday that de Nysschen will continue to implement a “measured” approach with self-driving technology.
By rigorously testing the technology and ensuring its all systems go ahead of launch, the executive believes it will also help “accelerate consumer acceptance” for such technologies. Speaking at a conference, he also took a dig at Tesla, and said the electric-car maker has been “eager to flip the switch” on its Autopilot system, but without proper testing.
“We believe that beta testing and validation belongs in a controlled environment supervised by expert engineers, and not in the hands of our customers,” de Nysschen said.
Tesla announced it would equip all of its cars with the necessary technology for self-driving capability in 2016 and continue to roll out the capability via over-the-air updates with Autopilot. Tesla takes real-world data from its customers’ cars to test and validate the technology.
The Cadillac chief also reiterated that the brand he oversees will offer the choice between autonomous driving and piloting the car manually for the foreseeable future. de Nysschen has often called the choice between the two a real luxury.