In November 2017, at their 173rd session, the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) finally adopted the new United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation, ECE Regulation No.0, on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). This new Regulation, which represents a major step towards the global harmonisation of vehicle regulations, has recently been allocated a provisional entry into force date of 19th July 2018.
Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) are increasingly being tested and introduced onto the public roadways. Although predicted by most to save lives and decrease injuries from roadway accidents, these systems can complicate testing and certification to current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). ADSs can be made more effective with infrastructure designed to meet certain requirements to enable consistent, safe vehicle operation. To this end, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have both issued requests for input, on how to best address use of ADSs. These Request for Comments (RFC) and Request for Information (RFI), were both issued on 18 January 2018.
On 12th December 2017, the European Commission published a draft Regulation proposing the mandatory fitment of onboard fuel consumption measuring devices to all light duty vehicles (i.e. M1 and N1 category vehicles). This draft Regulation also includes requirements on the information to be recorded and stored by the device, the accuracy of the data recorded by the device and the accessibility of the data stored on the device.