DETROIT -- The Motor City is firmly at the front of the auto industry's next revolution.
A new study by Navigant Research rates three companies as leaders in the race to develop and make money on self-driving, autonomous cars and trucks:
--Waymo, the Google company that uses Chrysler minivans and plans to assemble autonomous vehicles in Southeast Michigan.
--General Motors Cruise Automation, which pledges to have autonomous vehicles in commercial service this year.
--Ford, which has kept a relatively low profile while developing a strong technical and business plan.
The study ranks automakers and suppliers on 10 criteria from technical capability to whether they've got a business plan for how to make money on autonomous vehicles, or AVs.
It's titled "Navigant Research Leaderboard: Automated Driving Vehicles: Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 20 Companies Developing Automated Driving Systems."
Rankings for the top three, on a scale of 100:
--Waymo -- 86.7
--GM/Cruise Automation -- 86.6