Regulatory Updates: Automotive and Motorcycles – September/October 2018

Notable in September and October:

Autonomous Vehicles

NHTSA is seeking comments on a national pilot program to facilitate the testing, research, and monitoring of highly automated motor vehicles.  NHTSA is specifically looking at automation Levels 4 and 5, defined as high and full driving automation, respectively.  Comments are due by 26 November 2018.

In Geneva, the new UN working group charged with regulating automated vehicles is set to meet 28 January 2019.  The deadline for official working document submission is 2 November 2018.  You will find many informal submission documents on the Other Information tab from a range of countries.  In addition, a task force on Cybersecurity has released its recommendations.


New Regulations

The UNECE released two new regulations in September.  R144 sets out requirements for accident eCall systems.  R145 establishes requirements for ISOFIX anchorage systems, ISOFIX top tether anchorages, and i-Size seating positions.


Emissions & Electric Vehicles

In the EU, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) Step2 is now in effect.  As of September, WLTP applies to all new car registrations.

The comment period for the USA’s “SAFE” Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks proposed by NHTSA and the EPA closed 26 October.

In Indonesia, a draft of an electric vehicle law, which includes battery electric vehicles and hybrids was leaked to news organization KOMPAS.  The nearly final draft is commonly known as the LCEV regulation, or Low Carbon Electric Vehicle regulation, and is to be issued by the Ministry of Industry.  View the orginal article