This month's Spotlight article highlights another opportunity for stakeholder input for revising current regulations and/or drafting new ones regarding autonomous vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently requested input regarding what actions need to be taken to avoid the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations from being a barrier to the evaluation and introduction of Automated Driving Systems on commercial vehicles. In addition to responses to specific questions, the FMCSA is seeking additional comments that manufacturers, owners, State partners, consumer groups, inspectors and others believe are important to consider when deploying these potential safety features.
In January 2018, the Brazilian National Traffic Council (CONTRAN) published a new Resolution covering vehicle occupant protection requirements in the event of a side impact. This new Resolution applies to passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles pick-up trucks and vans, and requires compliance with requirements that are based on UN ECE Regulation No. 95 and US FMVSS 214.
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.