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Countries’ readiness for autonomous vehicles rated

April 19, 2018

Asserting that autonomous vehicles are poised to revolutionize both transportation and the way people live and work throughout the world, KPMG has developed a readiness index that evaluates 20 countries around the world according to four pillars. They include: policy and legislation; technology and innovation; infrastructure; and consumer acceptance. Each pillar is comprised of variables reflecting a wide range of factors impacting AV readiness, from the availability of electric vehicle charging stations, to AV technology R&D, to the regulatory environment and citizens’ acceptance of the technology. The countries with an overall ranking in the top 10 are:

  1. The Netherlands
  2. Singapore
  3. United States
  4. Sweden
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Germany
  7. Canada
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. New Zealand
  10. South Korea

Calling the pace of development of AVs “breathtaking,” the report’s authors urge policymakers to consider AVs sooner rather than waiting for full adoption because spatial planning and infrastructure investment decisions made today will determine long-term development. There are also workforce and government revenue implications from the adoption of AV that the authors say authorities need to “think through urgently.” An analysis of each of the 20 countries is also provided in the report.

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