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Autonomous vehicles are on the road to ubiquity

The KPMG 2020 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) ranks the preparedness of 30 countries and jurisdictions in the race for autonomous vehicles (AVs). Whilst Ireland is not yet sufficiently advanced in our AV readiness to include, this publication in effect outlines a roadmap for Ireland to build on. It summarises key initiatives by government and businesses drawing on the knowledge and insights of local KPMG subject matter experts. It also draws attention to the potential opportunity that exists for Ireland in this space. It is hoped that our new Minister will embrace this and prioritise the changes that are needed to progress it. 

The 2020 index has a new leader claiming the top-ranked position and adds five new countries and jurisdictions to its coverage. They are scored using a range of global measures across four key pillars: policy and legislation, technology and innovation, infrastructure and consumer acceptance. The key messages this year include:

Key Message #1 
Many countries/jurisdictions and localities have increased initiatives to promote AV development and usage

Key Message #2
The 2020 AVRI ranks 30 countries/ jurisdictions for AV preparedness, based on 28 key indicators – Singapore, the Netherlands and Norway lead the rankings  

Key Message #3 
AVs have progressed beyond hype, with the hard work now being done to enable them to become a ubiquitous presence that improves the quality of life

In recognition of the importance of localities in developing AVs, this edition also profiles five leading cities. It aims to allow national and city governments to learn from their peers so they can accelerate their efforts in one of the most exciting areas of transport technology.

How are governments enabling and encouraging local testing of AVs? What innovative uses are being found for AVs around the world? Why are cities working hard to implement AVs? Where are we seeing progress for AVs and what does it mean to be ready?

About the AVRI


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Autonomous vehicles are on the road to ubiquity. Are you ready?

Download the 2020 report to learn more about:

  • Enabling the AV revolution: Overcoming challenges of privacy, digital infrastructure, transport systems, and cross-border travel.
  • National profiles: All 30 countries and jurisdictions are profiled, summarizing key initiatives by government and businesses, and drawing on the insights of local KPMG subject matter experts.
  • Cities to watch: A look at five hyperconnected cities and what they are doing to pave a future for AVs. 
  • Key takeaways: Key takeaways for governments and policy makers for putting AVs on the road to ubiquity. 
  • Contacts: KPMG Global Mobility contacts.

To learn more about the 2020 findings and insights discussed in this edition, or to discuss your organization's AV agenda and roadmap, please contact your local KPMG advisors or the contributors in this publication.


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Michele Connolly

Head of Infrastructure & Government
KPMG in Ireland

❝ I continue to see AVs as enabling an impending revolution that will strengthen our societies and economies, while making the world’s roads safer and more accessible to everyone. ❞

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