Autonomous vehicles: technology leaders?

This data-file is a screen of companies developing autonomous vehicles, including 14 private companies and 12 public companies, of which 8 are pure-plays focused on commercializing autonomous vehicles.

Rapid growth is visible in the space. 75% of the companies in the screen were only founded in the last decade.  Many have also become public, commonly via reverse mergers, amidst recent market excitement.

By transportation type, autonomous truck and freight-moving applications are most common, followed by autonomous cars, sensor technologies (especially LiDAR), then taxis, then finally passenger shuttles.

Recent technical progress is noted for each company. Many are proposing optimistic timelines, to introduce Level 4-5 autonomy within 2021-25. Others are more pessimistic and do not see commercial deployment of fully autonomous vehicles until after 2030.