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Feb 2022

Update to UN ECE Regulation on Anti-theft Adopted to Cover "Digital" Keys

At the recent 185th session of the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), an 01 Series of Amendments to United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) Regulation No. 116 on the protection of motor vehicles against unauthorised use was adopted. This 01 Series of Amendments to UN ECE Regulation No. 116 introduces new requirements to specifically cover "digital keys", where the electronic signal to activate and deactivate the vehicle's anti-theft device, immobiliser and/or alarm system is stored within the driver's smartphone, or equivalent device, rather than within a physical key or smart key card supplied by the vehicle manufacturer.

This Proposed 01 Series of Amendments to ECE Regulation No. 116 is available on InterRegs.NET for our ECE subscribers, and is also available at