Driverless cars are already introduced in some parts of the world yet not fully operational and practical in every country. It is said to be the next major move on the roads and according to a list released by KPMG, UAE features among the top 10 countries ready for driverless cars.
The third edition of the Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI), which evaluates the preparedness of 30 countries globally, places the UAE in the eighth position, up to one place from last year’s rankings despite the addition of five jurisdictions.
Countries behind UAE are the UK and Denmark. The countries on the top of the list are Singapore, Netherlands, Norway, United States, Finland, Sweden, and South Korea respectively.
The list is prepared based on the preparedness and openness of various countries to automate autonomous vehicle technology, and ready for migrating to driverless cars in practical.
Major factors considered are the country’s readiness for autonomous vehicle technology, legislation, technology and innovation possibilities, infrastructure, and customer acceptance.
“Driverless cars will likely transform the future of transportation and their use may expand exponentially. The initiatives undertaken by the UAE Government to develop smart technologies have facilitated the nation in making automation and AVs a reality. Given the nation’s strong investment in artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, 5G and maintaining good-quality infrastructure, the UAE is well on its way to achieving its goal of a future where the use of AVs becomes mainstream on its roads,” said Ravi Suri, Partner, Global Head of Infrastructure Finance, KPMG Lower Gulf.