The Netherlands has come out top in a study of countries’ preparedness for the introduction of autonomous vehicles, ahead of Singapore, the USA, Sweden and the UK.
KPMG’s Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index examines where countries are today in terms of progress and capacity for adapting AV technology.
The Index evaluates each country according to four pillars that are integral to a country’s capacity to adopt and integrate autonomous vehicles. These include: policy and legislation; technology and innovation, infrastructure and consumer acceptance.
The Netherlands is ranked within the top four of each of the four pillars and is number one on infrastructure. Singapore was ranked one in policy & legislation and consumer acceptance while the US came highest in technology and innovation with strong industry partnerships. Sweden is number two in technology and innovation with the highest number of AV company headquarters by population while the UK ranked in the top five for three pillars with strong performance in consumer acceptance and policy and legislation.
Of the 20 countries studied India came bottom, just behind Mexico and Russia.