Autonomous Vehicle Testing Atlas: Is Your City AV Friendly?

Today, I came up with an idea: I should prepare a world map that shows cities allowing self-driving vehicle testing. But before creating anything, you should check if it already exists, should not you? I googled it and as usual someone already prepared it.

Atlas

Bloomberg and the Aspen Institute created an Interactive Atlas that you can check autonomous vehicle (AV) friendly cities all around the world. Atlas classifies cities in 2 categories: Piloting Cities (yellow pins) and Preparing Cities (blue pins). AV testing hubs are visualized as clouds and the biggest cloud that draws your attention is on North America. Atlas also reveals the race between North America and Europe to adapt and transform the cities for the autonomous future.

You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and this interactive Atlas visualizes some compelling facts. Here are my findings:

  • North America is spearheading the AV testing as expected: 33 cities at total
  • Europe and the US have the equal number of AV pilots: 18 cities
  • The United Kingdom is the European leader in AV piloting with 6 cities, but the Netherlands comes a close second with 5.
  • Germany has only one pilot city, but this might be a misleading info, because German Government approved Self-Driving Vehicles Law in 2017, which simply makes the whole country a proving ground.
  • Italy, home of Fiat and Alfa Romeo, has only one city -Milano- preparing to be a pilot zone. The reasonable explanation is: Fiat-Chrysler group runs its AV tests in the United States and there is no big manufacturer left in the country.
  • In Eastern Hemisphere, China pioneers the AV testing. However, I am surprised to see, Taiwan already has 2 pilots and preparing another city for self-driving bus testing.
  • Nowadays, Israel is one of the self-driving technology hubs –thanks to MobilEye- and they are preparing Tel Aviv for autonomous testing. So, that is good news for self-driving technology startups in Israel.

Atlas currently looks grey, dull and blank-ish, but it will be an enjoyable experience to witness how it gets more and more pins on the continents and how our cities and our world evolves in the next decades. 

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