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Latest Automotive Disruption Radar by Roland Berger

For the second time in 2017 consultancy Roland Berger analyzed the automotive market with focus on the industry’s transformation. Key factors were autonomous driving technologies, the electrification, shared economy and legal affairs. The analysis compares the industrial state in different countries.
There is no doubt that the automotive industry is currently transforming but how are distinctive companies or countries with the implementation of future mobility technology? That’s what the second Automotive Disruption Radar found out. The study measured the innovation power of those countries where relevant companies are situated. For the ranking car drivers from the countries USA, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, India, Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and the UK were surveyed.

Who leads the innovation race?

It comes as no surprise that the Netherlands take the first place on the podium again. The biggest innovation factors are the country’s infrastructure and legal regulations for electric mobility. Germany falls back to rank 5 – the new law for autonomous driving surely is a step in the right direction. However the country still lacks the necessary type approvals which is a huge obstacle for further innovation.

Asia gaining ground

On the contrary China took a great leap and conquered rank 2 because of the country’s efforts in terms of autonomous driving. China developed a detailed roadmap including test tracks which is a big plus for Roland Berger. In general the Asian region seems to be on the fast lane: China (2#), South Korea (#4) and Japan (#9) managed to climb the ladder while Singapore (3#) could maintain its place on the podium with new laws, testing opportunities and newly settled companies. An example: in April 2016 nuTonomy’s first robot taxi set off in Singapore. Italy and the US bring up the rear of the ranking.

The complete ranking

About the author:

David Fluhr is journalist and owner of the digital magazine “Autonomes Fahren & Co”. He is reporting regularly about trends and technologies in the fields Autonomous Driving, HMI, Telematics and Robotics. Link to his site: