UAE enters world's top 10 for driverless vehicles readiness

The 2018 KPMG Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index placed the UAE at number eight

The past year had also witnessed the testing of the first urban aerial taxi in Dubai.
The past year had also witnessed the testing of the first urban aerial taxi in Dubai.

The UAE has entered the world's top 10 for its readiness to accommodate driverless vehicles.

KPMG's Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) evaluates how countries accelerate their adoption of autonomous transport and technology, as well as the steps taken to make driverless cars a reality.

The index studies four pillars: policy and legislation' technology and innovation; infrastructure; and consumer acceptance. Each pillar considers various variable, such as, the availability of electric vehicle charging stations, to autonomous transport technology R&D, the public's willingness to adopt the technology, and the regulatory environment.

The Netherlands landed in first place, followed by Singapore, the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the UAE, South Korea and New Zealand, all making up the top 10.

The UAE was acknowledged for it infrastructure readiness, as well as having a dedicated and autonomous function within the transport sector and the ability to manage change and cultivate opportunity.

At present the UAE's has already introduced its specialised projects, such as the Dubai Autonomous Transport Strategy, where one quarter of cars are set to become driverless by 2030. The past year had also witnessed the testing of the first urban aerial taxi in Dubai.

This strategy is expected to bring AED22 billion in annual economic revenues, via a reduction of transport costs, carbon emissions and accidents, and hundreds of millions of hours wasted in conventional transportation.

Ravi Suri, partner and Global Head of Infrastructure Finance, KPMG Lower Gulf, said: "The UAE's desire to excel in the field of technology-led innovation, which it overlays on its existing ‘hard' infrastructure will ensure that the nation is at the vanguard of the urban autonomous mobility.

"The learnings from its successful implementation of self-driven vehicles and its intention to introduce flying taxis will ensure that the UAE maintains its leading position in autonomous mobility. By ensuring its investments in the Internet of Things, Data and Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, and reinforcing its commitment to Smart City transformation, the UAE epitomises an innovation culture and will aim to lead the world in this field."


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