As Volvo had pointed out recently, the Tesla Autopilot actually does less than it appears to be most of the time, which actually offers hope to other automakers that are getting into the autonomous driving game.

The great news is that two of the closest rivals to the 2017 Tesla Model 3, the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt, are coming equipped with their own version of self-driving for next year.

While the Leaf has long been confirmed for single-lane autonomous driving on its second-gen model, it is only lately that similar plans have indirectly been revealed for the Bolt.

GM and its ride-sharing partner Lyft are currently working on developing a fleet of totally self-driven Bolts as cabs that can be hailed via smartphone app by passengers, as per Wall Street Journal. The idea is basically ride-sharing sans drivers.

But that report doesn’t really mention how the driverless taxis would influence GM’s progress in semi-autonomous driving with actual drivers for mass market Bolts, though it does somewhat suggest that there will definitely be autonomous driving involved with the new EV hatch.

There has been a worry that GM would be left behind in autonomous driving due to the obstacles the Detroit automaker has been facing with securing the Super Cruise system from small third-party company Cruise Automation that is supposed to debut in the Cadillac CT6.

In any case, would any autonomous features be ready in time for the Chevy Bolt to face the Model 3? Would the Phase 1 features in the 2017 Leaf be competitive enough against Tesla Autopilot?

Staff Reporter

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