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KPMG Ranks the Netherlands No. 1 in Autonomous Vehicle Readiness

Holland earned top ranks on KPMG’s 2018 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index

The Netherlands is the country most prepared for an autonomous vehicle future according to KPMG’s 2018 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI). The first-of-its-kind study evaluated 20 countries overall. The study judged countries on their ability to adopt and integrate self-driving vehicles. The study also highlights best practices for accelerating AV technology.

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“The mobility freedom provided by AVs will have a transformational impact on society,” says Richard Threlfall, Global Head of Infrastructure at KPMG International. “With the tremendous opportunity, though, comes significant challenges that have to be addressed in order for countries to be able to realize the benefits of AVs.”

KPMG evaluated countries on four pillars. These pillars were policy and legislation, technology and innovation, infrastructure, and consumer acceptance. The study found that a country’s readiness strongly correlates with having public authorities engaged in and supporting AV development. Readiness also depends on excellent roads and mobile network infrastructure, and private sector investment and innovation. The Netherlands ranked consistently high in all pillars. Particular strengths were widespread acceptance of electric cars and a high density of charging stations, a robust telecommunications network and large scale AV road tests planned.

The Netherlands’ Leadership in Smart Mobility

From energy storage and traffic solutions to autonomous vehicle testing, the Netherlands is driving the future of smart mobility. Companies like Tesla, Uber, TomTom and HERE are tapping into the vibrant Dutch ecosystem.  Multinationals engaged in mobility solutions also have access to unique benefits in the Netherlands.

Holland’s cutting-edge research facilities and universities support Holland’s smart mobility sector. The Automotive Campus, an international hub for automotive technology and smart mobility research, is home to research institutions like TNO Automotive, TU Eindhoven and TASS. It is also hosts industry partners like TomTom, NXP and Philips. With an open-minded government and modern infrastructure, Holland is an ideal testing bed for autonomous vehicle development.

Holland’s Skilled, Vibrant Workforce

At Holland’s hands-on technical universities, Dutch students are imagining transportation solutions beyond vehicles. Student teams at universities like Delft and Eindhoven University of Technology work on real-world smart mobility projects. In addition to a high rate of English fluency, this robust experience ensures the Dutch workforce is ready for the mobility industry.

Source: KPMG

17 January 2018

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