Since the first Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) was published in January 2018, there has been a huge acceleration in investment in AV technology, policy adoption by governments to encourage AVs, and media coverage of the topic.
To help maintain the momentum and report the latest developments, we have updated the index for 2019. The new AVRI adds five new countries including Norway, Finland and Israel; new measures including consumer opinion on AVs; and provides greater insights into individual countries, drawing on the expertise of colleagues in KPMG's national firms.
Once again, The Netherlands ranked #1. It is working with neighboring countries to adopt AV technology for freight, with a plan to launch platoons of more than 100 driverless trucks on major routes from Amsterdam to Antwerp and Rotterdam to the Ruhr valley.
Second-ranked Singapore has created a test town for driverless vehicles complete with traffic lights, bus stops, skyscrapers and a rain machine to recreate its extremely wet tropical weather.
Countries were assessed on 25 different measures within four pillars:
New this year, KPMG conducted consumer opinion research to better understand public sentiment about AVs. The findings revealed a striking correlation between countries lower in AV preparedness having the most positive opinion regarding AVs.
Australia’s ranked 15th, gaining top marks in the ‘supportive regulations’ category – amidst broader signs of positive policy and legislative changes – and scored highly on connectivity infrastructure, specifically the availability of high-performance mobile internet.
"Australia has performed well in certain areas but still needs improvement on others. For example, our lower rating on technology and innovation will hopefully be boosted in future by the recent establishment of a federal body for transport technologies, which aims to unify the states’ and territories’ governments and agencies in delivering future transport technologies. As a federation it is crucial that different levels of government work together effectively and we are seeing this via our strong rating in the survey’s policy and legislation category.”
— Praveen Thakur, Partner, Management Consulting
Download the report to see the full country rankings and learn more about AV progress in Australia and around the world.