Automated Vehicle Index – 2nd Quarter 2015
Few topics on the automotive agenda dominate industry thinking like automated driving. The complex, highly automated or fully automated control of vehicles not only presents a technological challenge for traditional OEMs – the huge amounts of software required and the enormous quantities of data that need to be processed mean that growing numbers of non-industry players like IT companies are also involved and are putting OEMs under pressure. Whether or not automotive nations will be able to claim the top spot is dependent on two key indicators: firstly the industry, in other words the state of development of the vehicles produced by national automakers and the R&D support provided by universities or research institutes. The second factor is the market, i.e. its size along with the prevailing legal framework. In the "Automated Vehicles Index", the automotive experts from Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and fka Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen combine these indicators and compare the competitive positions of the key markets.
"Our new index enables us to compare the competitive positions of the main markets based on a standard set of indicators," said Wolfgang Bernhart, Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. "We are then able to identify the opportunities and threats facing the individual nations."