At the November session of the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), an 08 series of amendments to United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation No. 16 on safety belts and restraint systems was adopted which introduces more prescriptive requirements on the airbag warning label and on the information to be included in their owner's manual regarding the dangers of fitting a rearward facing child restraint on a seat protected by an active airbag. These changes are intended to ensure that the important message which the airbag warning label and owner's manual text are intended to convey is not confused or diluted.
On 2nd November 2018, an 03 series of amendments to UN ECE Regulation No. 79 was published. This follows on from the previous 02 series of amendments to United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation No. 79 on steering systems, which introduced new requirements to cover park assist systems, remote control parking systems, lane keep assist systems and corrective steering functions. The new 03 series of amendments now introduces requirements to cover lane change assist systems and emergency steering functions, as well as updates to the Annex on special requirements to be applied to the safety aspects of electronic control systems.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Notice of Request for Comments on a newly issued autonomous vehicles document: The DOT has issued an update to Automated Driving Systems 2.0 (AV 2.0): A Vision for Safety. Based on input from a diverse set of stakeholder engagements, this new document Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0) expands the scope and is structured around three key areas: Advancing multi-modal safety, Reducing policy uncertainty and Outlining a process for working with the DOT. The DOT views this action as the beginning of a national discussion about the future of our on-road surface transportation system. This document will continue to evolve over time based on public comment, the experience of the DOT, manufacturers, suppliers, consumers and others, and further technological innovation.