Regulatory Updates: Automotive and Motorcycles – November 2018

Notable in November:

Autonomous Vehicles

OICA, the International Organization for Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, has issued a proposal concept for certifying automated and autonomous vehicles.  OICA’s concept is a three-pillar model that includes:

  • Audit and Assessment
  • Physical Certification Tests
  • Real World Tests

A key feature of the concept is that the focus is on vehicle certification as opposed to individual system certification which, according to OICA would require regulations to be updated frequently and, “… could easily become highly design restrictive”.

Meanwhile, in the USA, NHTSA has extended the deadline for its proposal seeking comments on a national pilot program to facilitate the testing, research, and monitoring of highly automated motor vehicles.  As mentioned last month, NHTSA is specifically looking at automation Levels 4 and 5. Comments are now due by 10 December 2018.

Electric Vehicles

NHTSA’s Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (OVSC), has released a Quiet Vehicle Compliance Tool to test compliance to FMVSS141 which is aimed at reducing the number of injuries that result from electric and hybrid vehicle crashes with pedestrians by requiring the vehicles to produce a sound level that alerts pedestrians in the vicinity.

In the EU, Regulation 2018/1832 was released, amending Directive 2007/46/EC and Regulations 692/2008 and 2017/1151 aimed at improving  emission type approval tests and procedures.  The amending regulation includes requirements on devices for monitoring the consumption of fuel and electric energy.

Other Updates

The UNECE released some 25 amendments to existing regulations.  The amendments affected span a range of systems.  For more information, please refer to the RegNet Monitor file for November.