UAE moves up a spot in driverless car readiness ranking – The National

  • Date: 08-Jul-2020
  • Source: The National
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  • Country:UAE
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UAE moves up a spot in driverless car readiness ranking – The National

The Emirates featured in the top 10 for the third year in a row, ahead of the UK and Denmark

Despite the pandemic, global regulation, testing and investment in the driverless car market has kept pace and is set to reach a new level of maturity this year, according to KPMG. Courtesy Zoox via Reuters 

The UAE edged up one place to eighth in KPMG's annual Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index, performing well in technology infrastructure and the willingness of its people and government to embrace driverless cars.

Since KPMG first released the index in 2018, widespread excitement around the technology has given way to public scepticism that AVs may be "all hype", Richard Threlfall, KPMG's global head of infrastructure, said. But this year the industry "entered a period of development maturity, during which the complex challenges of implementation are being addressed".

New regulations and large-scale tests of driverless cars are underway in many jurisdictions worldwide, according to the Dutch consulting and audit firm.

"We are also seeing AVs move into use around the world in public transport and in closed-site environments such as mining and logistics," Mr Threlfall said.