The Netherlands leads the way in smart mobility

The Netherlands – and, of course, Amsterdam – is known for its innovations in sustainability, social entrepreneurship and smart mobility. So it should come as no surprise that the country took the top spot on KPMG’s 2018 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index. The index, the first of its kind, measures the readiness of the world’s countries in terms of adapting autonomous vehicles (AV) technology.

The study is based on four pillars that countries must embrace that are integral to adopt and integrate autonomous vehicles successfully: technology & innovation, policy & legislation, infrastructure and consumer acceptance. These pillars can be broken down into a number of variables, including regulations, the availability of charging stations, research & development and residents’ willingness to adopt such technology.

Paving the way for a greener future

The Netherlands scored consistently high across all four of the pillars, mostly due to the country’s high charging-station density, widespread acceptance of electric cars and its cutting-edge telecommunications network. Needless to say, these factors are an important for building a greener, more sustainable future.

“Planning today for an AV future is essential, because it is not a question of if, but when, AVs become the dominant mode of transport,” said Richard Threlfall, KPMG International’s global head of infrastructure. “Embracing partnerships between government and the private sector can speed technology development, while helping ensure that the introduction of AVs meet public policy objectives. Finally, it is important to engage all stakeholders – government, business and citizens - in planning for AVs.”

And Amsterdam is doing just that. Initiatives such as Amsterdam Smart City – which challenges residents, businesses and knowledge institutions to submit their solutions to urban challenges such as smart mobility – are getting everyone involved to work towards a more sustainable future. In addition, a number of the city's companies, including New Motion and EV-Box, are constantly pushing the smart mobility sector forward.