Luke Sarabia, Electric Autonomy Canada
July 7, 2020
Canada retains its 12th place ranking in KPMG’s latest AV readiness index, which compares 30 countries on the basis of policy, infrastructure, consumer acceptance, technology and innovation
Canada has earned mixed results in KPMG International’s newly released 2020 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index, which evaluates the preparedness of 30 countries and jurisdictions worldwide to integrate autonomous vehicles into daily and industrial life.
Topping this year’s list is Singapore, followed by the 2019 leader the Netherlands, with Norway, the United States, and Sweden rounding out the top five.
Canada’s AV readiness score increased in this year’s assessment, but it continues to rank 12th overall, unchanged from 2019. This was due to two factors: first, 16 other countries among the 25 ranked in last year’s index also improved and, secondly, one of five countries added in 2020, Denmark, scored higher.
Canada ranked seventh in KPMG’s 2018 AV readiness ranking.
High ratings in key areas
The index evaluates each region using 28 distinct metrics under four categories: policy and legislation, technology and innovation, infrastructure, and consumer acceptance.
The index gives Canada among the highest ratings for government-funded AV pilots as well as industry partnerships, citing the government of Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) as an essential example of effective collaboration between industry and government.
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