A new report ranks automakers according to how well they’re developing, implementing, and making plans to sell sell self-driving technology.
You might think that Waymo would own the #1 spot, given how much time and energy it’s put into self-driving cars. However, the report says that the true leader in the field is–drumroll, please–General Motors. (That’s GM’s autonomous, steering-wheel-less Cruise AV shown above. It hits the road in 2019.)
And at the bottom of the list? Tesla. That’s a little surprising, given how much hype the company has received for its semi-autonomous driving system, Autopilot. However, developing a system isn’t the same as selling it. Fast Company recaps:
Tesla has been promoting Autopilot–a sort of pre-autonomous technology–since 2015. But Navigant says that the company’s break with car safety innovator Mobileye may have set back its self-driving efforts. Not only that, but Tesla’s regular vehicle production has hit some road bumps in the last year. “Tesla is the outlier,” the report notes, “with big plans and lots of public announcements, but technology that is at best dubious and some serious financial and manufacturing quality issues to mitigate.” Yikes.
You can find a summary of the report from Navigant Research here.