When it comes to self-driving car manufacturers, people are quick to name companies like Tesla, Apple, and Waymo as the leaders in the space. But this perception doesn’t match up to the reality of who is making the greatest strides developing and deploying autonomous driving technologies, according to a recent study from Navigant Research.
The research firm rated manufacturers based on 10 criteria: Vision; go-to market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; sales, marketing, and distribution; product capability; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; and staying power.
Notably, Tesla, Uber, and Apple are missing from the top 10 list.
“We’re at the point where companies are promising specific features or specific pilot deployments that will no longer involve a human actively monitoring every aspect of the trip,” said Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina and autonomous vehicles expert.