Assessing the preparedness of 30 countries and jurisdictions in the race for autonomous vehicles
The Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI) is a tool to help measure the level of preparedness for autonomous vehicles across 30 countries and jurisdictions. It is a composite index that combines 28 individual measures from a range of sources into a single score. More information on the results, methodology and sources used can be found in the Appendix.
The intended core audience for the AVRI is public sector organizations with responsibility for transport and infrastructure. It should also be of interest to other public and private sector organizations that are involved with, or make use of, road transport.
This report uses the term ‘autonomous vehicles’, abbreviated to AVs, to refer to the technology used both within vehicles and externally, such as digital networks and road infrastructure. It also uses AVs to refer to vehicles that can do everything a traditional vehicle does without human intervention, sometimes described as ‘level five automation’, where vehicles are fully self-driving and the human driver becomes a passenger.
The terms AV and driverless car are used interchangeably, although this report also covers autonomous buses and trucks. The following abbreviations are also used in the text: AI for artificial intelligence, EV for electric vehicle(s), lidar for light detection and ranging technologies and IoT for Internet of Things. US dollar equivalents for local currencies are as of early June 2020.