The criteria based on which countries were judged are policy and legislation, technology and innovation, infrastructure and consumer acceptance. Twenty countries were included in the index based on economic size and progress in adopting autonomous vehicles.
According to the data compiled by KPGM, the country that is most prepared for the rise of the self-driving machine is The Netherlands. It is followed closely by Singapore (ranked first in policy and consumer acceptance), the U.S. (listed first in technology and innovation) and Sweden. At the opposite side of the index are India, Mexico, Russia, and Brazil.
„The Netherlands provides an AV readiness model for other countries to follow, with excellent road infrastructure, a highly supportive government and enthusiastic adoption of electric vehicles,” says KPMG in its report.
„It is within the top four of each of the four pillars and ranked number one on infrastructure, most likely due to its heavily-used, well-maintained road network, rated as being among the world’s best by the World Economic Forum and the World Bank.”
KPMG encourages governments to support automakers developing autonomous vehicles, citing economic and social benefits. Some $50 billion have been invested worldwide over the last five years to develop autonomous technology, mostly from outside the automotive industry.
The most significant gain, however, would be saving possibly millions of lives. Statistics show that about 95% of car accidents are caused by human error, generating over a million deaths worldwide per year.