KPMG’s Automotive Vehicle Index reveals that Netherland has the near ideal infrastructure to support the autonomous vehicles. Singapore comes second in the index and United States third. None of these countries scored 30 in the index which only conveys that even the most prepared countries have to go a long way.
FREMONT, CA: Intelligent gadgets have become a part of our every-day life. With the invention of smart gadgets and smart vehicles, life in general has become both convenient and simple. The automation of routine work is a concept that interests many industries. But, how far could this go? The two main ideas of automation industries are self-driving cars and shared mobility. These ideas once executed, will make the cities exceptionally smarter. Yet it is necessary to make some changes in the infrastructure of the cities so that they can acclimatize to the autonomous vehicles (AV).
The Infrastructure Needed to Welcome the Autonomous Vehicles
It is impossible to welcome autonomous vehicles at full length if the cities lack the required infrastructure. Automotive Vehicle Index by KPMG shows exactly where all the different cities stand in this aspect. The research shows that Netherland has the near ideal infrastructure to support the autonomous vehicles. Singapore comes second in the index and United States third. None of these countries scored 30 in the index which only conveys that even the most prepared countries have to go a long way.
A Challenging Project for City Planners
Changing a city’s infrastructure is indeed a challenging part. Few changes such as lane marking, roadside sensors, and smart signage may help increase the acceptability of the automotive vehicles. Cities should take care of the poor road markings as they are even dangerous for the connected vehicles. The road markings will be much more reliable if they include embedded signs readable by machines. Also roadside markings will allow vehicles to be cautious of the danger.
Changing the Facets of the City Infrastructure
In near future the cities are going to turn into digital hubs. With the adoption of automated vehicles the congestion, even in highly populated areas, will successfully decrease. The self-driving cars will dramatically change the look of the cities as there will be no need for the traffic signals. The driverless cars can set their driving priority itself. The Netherlands, with its updated AV-ready roads and harmonized regulations, became much safer considering the drop of road accident rate in every year. .
No Requirement for Parking Facilities
Another perk of this AV-invasion is that there might be no need for any type of parking facilities which spares the drivers the stress of finding an appropriate parking spot. Thus, the existing parking spaces will be put to other uses. The automated vehicles can maneuver better in narrower lanes than the connected vehicles.
The Key is Perfect Connectivity
The whole concept of autonomous vehicle is built on the basis of flawless connectivity. Connectivity is the key, possibly as essential than the fuel itself. Modern cities will include tons of sensors, devices, and 5G network to support the autonomous vehicles send and receive constant signal and huge amounts of data.
5G Network is the Driving Force
5G network, having been claimed a hundred times faster than 4G network, is the successful operation of self-driving cars. 5G wireless technology will require the automated vehicles to be fully equipped with the new fiber-optic cables. These advanced 5G networks will lead to a revolutionary change towards much safer AV experience.
Automated Vehicles are going to rule in near future if the cities are ready to make the changes needed for their adaptation. The AV-revolution promises a better quality of life for millions of people while assuring next-level safety and security.