The global automotive industry is in full transition: countless new mobility initiatives and services are being embraced every day. The Netherlands has been at the forefront of this field for years thanks to its position as the cradle of several new technologies and its flexible regulation. However, the most recent edition of Roland Berger’s Automotive Disruption Radar study reports that the Dutch are being rapidly outpaced by Asian competitors.

The Netherlands boasts a close-knit network of electric charging points and is making groundbreaking steps in the regulation of autonomous driving. Interest from capital investors in the areas of mobility and artificial intelligence (AI) is also unquestionably high in the country.

In previous editions of Roland Berger’s Automotive Disruption Radar – a report that explores the competitive position of the 13 most important automotive markets – the Dutch have led the global ranks when it comes to mobility and innovation. However, in the most recent edition countries such as China, Singapore and South Korea are taking the lead, as their efforts in facilitating autonomous test vehicles on public roads are paying off. Asian consumers also appear to show more willingness to make innovations such as electric robocabs and car sharing a part of everyday life. Dutch consumers, in contrast, are not yet warming up to autonomous vehicles: the pleasure that drivers experience is higher here than in other countries, and affordability remains an important factor.

These are conclusions from the latest edition of the Automotive Disruption Radar, a semi-annual report from Roland Berger that closely follows the rapid developments in the automotive industry. Based on 27 indicators, we measure how well the 13 most important automotive markets score on consumer preference, regulation, technology, infrastructure and industrial activity.

You can download the Roland Berger Automotive Disruption Radar report here.