Australia slipping in autonomous car readiness

A peak body has identified Australia slipping in the country readiness ranks for autonomous vehicles which “should sound warning bells,” the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative has stated.

According to a report from KPMG in its global index for Autonomous Vehicle Readiness, Australia has slipped from 14th position last year, to 15th, based on a number of measures such as policy, infrastructure, consumer acceptance and technology, Computerworld has reported.

The result prompted ADVI to warn of a “real risk of global embarrassment” for the country, in a statement today.

The Netherlands, a leader in public transport policy, and Singapore maintained their first and second positions.

The reason cited for Australia’s slip in position has to do with an increased readiness by other countries who have moved to the fore over the past year since the last global ranking of countries. Those who have upped their readiness include Israel, Finland and Norway who didn’t even make the list last year.

“In a short space of time Australia has gone from being on the international radar as a leader, to a country that risks being marginalised as it slips further into autonomous vehicle (AV) obscurity. Now is the time for leadership and positive action to address these concerns,” ADVI executive director, Rita Excell, told Computerworld.

The top 15 countries in order on the KPMG Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index for 2019 are: The Netherlands, Singapore, Norway, United States, Sweden, Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Israel and Australia.

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