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Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index

Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index

The pace of development of AVs is breathtaking. A year ago, some would have argued that they would never become a reality. But now, AVs are being piloted in a number of countries and are running on public roads, albeit only in a handful of locations such as Phoenix in the US State of Arizona and in Singapore. The question is no longer whether but when all road vehicles become fully autonomous. And whether you believe that will take 10 years or 30, the implications are so far-reaching that policymakers need to start planning now for our AV future.

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We believe there will be rapid development  and adoption of AVs, because of the alignment  of interest of private developers and public  authorities.

Companies including the dominant vehicle  makers, technology giants and specialist  startups have invested US$50 billion over the  last 5 years to develop AV technology, with 70  percent of the spending coming from outside  the automotive sector.2

At the same time, public authorities can see  that AVs offer huge potential economic and  social benefits. AVs could
eliminate the 90–95

percent of road accidents caused by human  error,3 saving as many as a million lives every  year. Assuming they are electric, they should  also reduce road pollution, improving citizens’  health.4 AVs offer mobility benefits to people who are unable to drive at present, including  the elderly, those who do not own a car and  those who live in rural areas that do not have  adequate public transport. And the hours  spent driving which now become
productive  creates a potentially gigantic economic  boost, with one study estimating that the  US economy could see an uplift of US$1.3  trillion a year.5

For these reasons and others, many  governments are keen to move towards an AV  future as soon as possible.

 

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