Based on this yr’s KPMG Autonomous Autos Readiness Index (AVRI), Singapore has emerged because the nation that’s finest ready for the adoption and acceptance of Autonomous Autos (AV), with Singapore rating first within the Index.
This marks the primary time that Singapore has led the AVRI, edging out the Netherlands which has ranked first prior to now two editions of the Index. Singapore’s rating displays its management in areas of client acceptance and coverage in addition to laws pillars.
“Singapore’s pole position in the KPMG AVRI in 2020 reflects the local government’s commitment and continued efforts to build receptivity and adoption of AV. The decision to expand testing areas for AV to one-tenth of the public roads and ongoing investments in the electrification of transport – an important pre-cursor for AV adoption, which we have been advocating– were key factors among others that led Singapore to top the Index,”
shared Mr. Satya Ramamurthy, Associate, Head of Infrastructure, Authorities & Healthcare, KPMG in Singapore.
“The ongoing Covid-19 situation has brought about new requirements for transport such as a need for more contactless interactions or better crowd control, all of which can be addressed through AV technology. We believe that continued developments in AV regulation and infrastructure along with improving overall public awareness will continue the transformational potential of AV technology for not just Singapore but all countries,”
The 2020 KPMG AVRI, the third version of the index, evaluates the progress of 30 international locations and jurisdictions in adopting and shifting ahead with AVs, and finds the vast majority of international locations have actually elevated their AV readiness prior to now yr. Increasing the use and in the end integrating AVs into each day life relies upon to a big extent on what international locations, jurisdictions and localities do to additional AV improvement and deployment.
The AVRI measures international locations and jurisdictions throughout 28 indicators to evaluate their readiness and progress in furthering AV deployment and innovation. The symptoms are organized below 4 pillars: coverage and laws, expertise and innovation, infrastructure and client acceptance.
Understanding Singapore’s rating on the AVRI
As a rustic, Singapore’s rating displays the quite a few steps it has taken because the begin of 2019 to additional the progress of AVs. The regulatory and governance surroundings for AV is perfect, the place Singapore has now printed nationwide requirements for AVs and opened a tenth of all public roads to AV testing. The February 2020 nationwide Funds consists of S$6 million to help AV testbeds. The federal government has additionally made extra investments in making certain there may be the correct assets and human capital for the adoption of AV, this consists of retraining of public transport drivers particularly in preparation for driverless autos.
Singapore can also be main the promotion of electrical autos (EV), a essential precursor to AVs. The nation has plans to massively improve the variety of EV charging stations, from 1,600 to 28,000 by 2030. As a testomony to the city-state potential and receptivity to adopting AVs, it has attracted investments from numerous personal sector entities organising totally different innovation and analysis centres to additional develop AV capabilities.
Which international locations and jurisdictions are most prepared for autonomous autos?
General, the 2020 AVRI exhibits that almost all of nations have ramped up their AV readiness, with 17 of the 25 international locations profiled within the 2019 AVRI growing their scores in 2020. AV pilots and testing areas specifically are increasing – roughly two-thirds of the 30 international locations and jurisdictions within the AVRI have areas designated or permitted for AV testing.
The US stands out with 420 AV firm headquarters – 44 % of all these tracked within the report, together with expertise firms corresponding to Google’s Waymo unit and automobile makers corresponding to Normal Motors and Ford, main in AV improvement.
South Korea noticed the most important year-over-year rise of any nation within the Index, climbing six locations to seventh from 2019 to 2020. The nation was propelled by the introduction of a nationwide technique for AVs, printed in October 2019, which is hoped to cut back highway deaths within the nation by three-quarters.
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