KPMG unveiled a readiness rating for the emergence of unmanned cars on the streetsFebruary 27, 2019
According to the results, the Netherlands has the most favorable legislation, technology and infrastructure and ranked No. 1 in the ranking.
The Dutch company KPMG unveiled the results of the annual analysis of countries for their willingness to implement unmanned cars – the Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index.
The leaders of this year’s ranking were the Netherlands, Singapore and Norway. The United States, which occupied the 3rd place last year, descended one step down.
Among the 25 countries that were compared, Brazil was the least ready to introduce autonomous cars.
The top 10 countries that are most likely to become unmanned aerial vehicles on their streets are as follows:
KPMG has included 25 countries in the ranking and rated them by 25 criteria, grouped into four groups: legislation, technology development, infrastructure development and the level of acceptance by unmanned persons by citizens.
The Netherlands ranked No. 1 in the overall ranking. Experts have estimated that the country is an example of how it is necessary to prepare the rest of the states for the introduction of new transport. When considering individual items, the Netherlands ranked 2nd on the basis of the adoption by citizens of autonomous transport, 5th – by legislative regulation, in addition, the country has received high results from many individual points, for example, the market share of electric vehicles. An important role was played by the authorities of the country, which plans in the near future to have at least hundreds of unmanned lorries, which will carry out international transportation to Germany and Belgium. In addition, the Ministry of Infrastructure announced the connection of self-propelled cars to the 5G network and the installation of 1200 intelligent traffic lights. Experts also took into account the fact that in the past year the pilot use of autonomous vehicles was allowed in the country.
In Singapore, authorities have opened a specialized center of excellence in testing and exploring self-propelled vehicles. In 2019, new road traffic rules will be adopted in the country, which will take into account unmanned cars. Authorities announced that unmanned buses will be introduced in three parts of Singapore. However, according to the technology and innovation index, the country has a relatively low rate and occupies only 15th place. In addition, Singapore imposes high taxes on owners of conventional cars, which should facilitate the distribution of electric car and drone.
Norway, which ranked 3rd in honor of the rating, on January 1, 2018, allowed the testing of unmanned vehicles on public roads. In May last year, autonomous buses were launched in the country. However, legislation stipulates that at the initial stages the driver was still present at the wheel, as well as a maximum speed of 12 km per hour. Norway has the largest electronics market in the world, which contributed to the country’s 2nd place in the technology and innovation index. The popularity of electric cars in Norway is due to generous tax breaks, free charging stations and cheap electricity.
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