Ford’s Autonomous Vehicles, LLC subsidiary was one of only three companies considered to be a leader in self-driving vehicle development in a new report published by Navigant Research.
The company improved by two spots over last year’s report, which offers a holistic approach by evaluating the industry in terms of both technology and commercialization plans.
The report includes other OEMs such as General Motors as well as tech companies competing in self-driving vehicle and technology development such as Google’s Waymo.
Ford earned a score of 84.2 overall – 88.1 for strategy and 80.1 for execution – which is comparable to the report’s other designated leaders, Waymo (86.7) and GM Cruise (86.6), in the report.
Argo AI, Ford’s partner in self-driving vehicle development, was lauded for its advancements on a virtual driver system.
To understand just how tightly packed and far ahead of the field the leaders are, the next three companies are Detroit-based supplier Aptiv (formerly Delphi) at 75.5; Intel-Mobileye, 74.2; and Volkswagen, 73.8.