There are very different approaches to Autonomous Driving tech, Tesla does not use LIDAR and Musk firmly believes LIDAR is a dead-end while the rest of the industry is very dependent on LIDAR in their designs. It's not exactly clear how Tesla intends to go fully autonomous without LIDAR however, right now it's mostly just an advanced cruise control system. The problem with LIDAR is that until it's solid state, it can't be well integrated into a car without the absurd top-hat and the enormous energy consumption from that type of system. All I personally want right now is what Tesla is doing but nobody else is able to deliver it, instead they are going for Full Autonomy.
Exactly.....it's like the auto industry forgot to ask consumers what they wanted. Or maybe they did and decided their focus was on commercial use, and put all their development dollars there. But still forgetting that consumers still don't want to get into a vehicle, alone, with no driver, controlled by software, with no steering wheel or peddles, that will be on the road with other sometimes crazy drivers. However, AutoPilot and SuperCruise are more desirable autonomy tech options for consumers to give up a bit of control as they feel comfortable, and take back control when not.
And yes, Tesla has done a great job with AutoPilot offering enough autonomy to be useful, and enough driver control to be comfortable.
I want to sit in the drivers seat of my Model 3, have it drive me to work if I choose to, park itself at work or at home. Pick me up when I am ready, and I drive myself or let my car drive me where I want to go. Ii get to choose and ALWAYS have the ability to take control. I want it to drive me out in the evening, and take me home if I get sleepy. I want it to drive the long hours on a road trip, or handle the rush hour traffic, while I get to dive the curves on a scenic route.