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The best driver-assistance systems on the market

One of the auto industry’s most closely watched evaluators of safety has put carmakers’ driver-assistance systems to the test, and the results aren’t pretty.

A system Toyota offers on the Lexus LS sedan is the only one of 14 that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested and deemed “acceptable,” the independent nonprofit said Tuesday.

Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo systems were among the 11 that IIHS rates “poor.”

The IIHS evaluated how systems perform tasks including monitoring drivers and reminding them that they need to pay attention. The group also graded systems on the procedures they follow in emergencies, including when alerts intended to reengage drivers are ignored.

Most systems lack adequate measures to prevent misuse and keep drivers focused, IIHS President David Harkey said.

“Some drivers may feel that partial automation makes long drives easier, but there is little evidence it makes driving safer,” Harkey said in a statement.

“As many high-profile crashes have illustrated, it can introduce new risks when systems lack the appropriate safeguards.”

Tesla’s Autopilot and Full Self-Driving Beta — both of which are driver-support features that require constant supervision — were among the systems that rated poorly.

IIHS said it evaluated software that preceded the company’s December recall of Autopilot, which followed a years-long investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Consumer Reports said last month that Tesla’s software update aimed at preventing misuse was insufficient and called for the federal agency to revisit the recall.

Other systems that rated “poor” include BMW’s Active Driving Assistant Pro, Ford’s BlueCruise, and Volvo’s Pilot Assist.

IIHS praised the Lexus Teammate system’s attention reminders and various safety features.

The group assigned a “marginal” rating to General Motors’ Super Cruise and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist with Navi-link.

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