Electric-first automakers such as Tesla and Nio outshined established brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota in a new ranking that grades companies on their software skills.
The Digital Automaker Index was created by consultancy Gartner to assess automakers in eight software-centric-areas. Those scores are tabulated to come up with an overall ranking, which this year covers 20 automakers.
The categories include culture and leadership, talent, architectures, connected vehicle, autonomous driving, electrification, smart cockpit and online sales potential.
The core goal of the index is to determine which brands are in the best position to monetize their software capabilities, which will be an essential part of their future success.
Stellantis, for example, plans to generate about 20 billion euros (about $22 billion) by 2030 from software-enabled product offerings and subscriptions. The automaker, however, ranks No. 14 out of 20 in Gartner's index (see table below).