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Detroit leads, Tesla lags in trillion-dollar race for robot-car business

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

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.

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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

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