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Automated Vehicles Index Q3/2016

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Senior Partner
Stuttgart Office, Central Europe
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July 27, 2016

German OEMs retain their lead over US automakers when it comes to incorporating automated functions in mass produced vehicles. But other countries are catching up and the competition is intensifying. These are some of the findings of the latest "Automated Vehicles Index" for the third quarter of 2016 issued by the automotive experts at Roland Berger and Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen (fka).

Regarding the industry indicator, Germany was again able to defend its leadership over the US in the first half of 2016. However, Japan has moved up into third spot, trading places with Sweden in our ranking table. Changes have also occurred behind the leading group. Ramped-up vehicle automation activities are in evidence in South Korea and China, both of which have thus closed the gap on France. Overall, this will increase competitive pressure on the German automotive industry in the medium term.

Analyzing the industry and the market dimensions together enables us to produce a summary of the competitive positions of the world's leading automotive nations
Analyzing the industry and the market dimensions together enables us to produce a summary of the competitive positions of the world's leading automotive nations

The US and Germany lead the field in terms of automated vehicle expertise. Whereas virtually every country subsidizes the testing and demonstration of automated vehicles, approaches to connectivity research vary. One focus in the US and Japan in particular is on building the infrastructure for connected vehicles, as both countries see this as a key to realizing higher levels of automation.

The index combines industry and market indicators and compares the relative competitive positions of the key automotive nations, these being the US, Germany, China, Sweden, the UK, South Korea, France, Italy and Japan.

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