Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are poised to revolutionize not only transportation but the way people live and work throughout the world. But are countries ready for an AV-driven future?
The Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index shows which countries are most prepared for driverless cars.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are poised to revolutionize not only transportation but the way people live and work throughout the world. But are countries ready for an AV-driven future? The 2018 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) provides an in-depth view of what it takes for countries to meet the challenges of self-driving vehicles, evaluating the preparedness of a cross-section of 20 countries globally.
The AVRI is the first study of its kind, examining where countries are today in terms of progress and capacity for adapting AV technology. The Index evaluates each country according to four pillars that are integral to a country's capacity to adopt and integrate autonomous vehicles. These include: policy & legislation; technology & innovation, infrastructure and consumer acceptance.
The pillars are comprised of a number of variables that reflect the wide range of factors that impact a country's AV readiness, from the availability of electric vehicle charging stations, to AV technology R&D, to the population's acceptance of the technology, to the regulatory environment.
Overall New Zealand ranked 9th out of 20. The report noted that the NZ Transport Agency’s support of companies testing AVs helps build on the country’s reputation as a technology test-bed, and that better infrastructure would help the country become more AV ready.
We hope this index proves a useful tool in the assessment of the readiness of countries to adopt one of this century's most exciting technologies.
Learn more about the AVRI and how each country performed by accessing the full report.