IRIS Highlights - April 2024

IRIS Highlights - April 2024

KEY NEWSย 1/4ย โ€”ย European Union

192nd session WP.29

From 5th to 8th March 2024, the ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ W๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ (WP.29) took place.

During this session, a NEW UN Regulation was voted and adopted, with an entry into force date of 22nd September 2024.
Additionally, several amendments proposing potential homologation requirements will enter into force on 22 September 2024, except for one supplement of UN R.079 that will enter into force on 8 October 2024.

Among these amendments, the following should be highlighted:

  • New 06 series to UN R.046 - Devices for indirect vision
  • New 09 series to UN R.048 - Installation of lighting and light-signalling devices
  • New 03 series to UN R.055 about Mechanical couplings
  • New series to UN R.130 about Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • New UN Regulation 171 about Driver Control Assistance System (DCAS)

R.171 - Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS) - New Regulation

The new Regulation on uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to Driver Control Assistance Systems has been adopted by the WP.29.


This new Regulation will apply to the type approval of vehicles of Categories M and N with regard to their Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS).

The new Regulation will not apply to the approval of vehicles with regard to their Automatically Commanded Steering Functions (ACSF) or Risk Mitigation Function (RMF) which have been approved according to UN Regulation No. 79. However, if the manufacturer declares such ACSF or RMF to be part of DCAS, this UN Regulation applies irrespective of whether it has also been approved according to UN Regulation No.79.

Key points of the future Regulation are based on the following:

  • ADAS systems assist drivers, but drivers remain responsible for vehicle control. DCAS are a subset that provide sustained lateral and longitudinal control assistance.
  • The future Regulation will introduce requirements for DCAS to expand their approval beyond previous limitations and allow various driver assistance features.
  • DCAS are considered SAE Level 2 partial automation and require the driver to monitor the environment and supervise the system. They only assist driving tasks, and do not replace the driver.
  • DCAS support driving but do not take full control like higher level automated systems. Responsibility remains with the driver.
  • DCAS capabilities are constrained by the system boundaries and scenarios they are designed for. Requirements consider these limitations.
  • DCAS shall aim to prevent risks from driver misuse or overreliance. They must provide information for driver supervision.
  • Driver monitoring is required to ensure engagement. Warnings and stopping are triggered if there is no response to warnings.
  • A multi-pillar assessment validates DCAS safety through documentation, testing and monitoring.
  • Appropriate driver understanding is important. HMI standards could ensure uniformity across manufacturers.
  • While educational materials are required, the regulation cannot guarantee driver understanding.
  • Marketing should not overstate capabilities or use misleading terms that could cause overreliance.

The proposal was discussed and voted by WP.29 in its 192nd session of March 2024 and will enter into force on 22 September 2024.

KEY NEWSย 2/4 โ€”ย United Nations

G7 ministers recognize UNECEโ€™s leading role in reducing GHG emissions from inland transport and introducing connected vehicles

The G7 transport ministers recognized the role of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in advancing low-carbon sustainable mobility at their recent meeting in Milan. They welcomed the UNECE's recently adopted strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in land transport and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.


The UNECE Executive Secretary said the strategy will help decarbonize the transport sector through regulatory work to develop low-carbon sustainable mobility and innovation. The strategy prioritizes public transport, cycling, and walking for passengers, as well as improving urban freight transport, vehicles, infrastructure, and border operations to increase efficiency. It will be reviewed every five years, starting in 2029.

Acknowledging the role of transport in the use of fossil fuels, the G7 ministers agreed to cooperate with UNECE to develop harmonized vehicle safety and emissions regulations and guidelines for the transition away from fossil fuels. This includes the application of artificial intelligence and ensuring cybersecurity in transport.

The UNECE's Automated Vehicles group is developing regulations for driver assistance systems, expanded cybersecurity rules for motorcycles, and adopted a new regulation defining provisions for the approval of vehicles with driver assistance control systems.

The ministers emphasized the importance of UNECE's regulatory work on the safety of automated, electrified, and connected vehicles, battery durability, and hydrogen vehicle safety. Many UNECE regulations already support sustainability and climate change mitigation. The regulations enable harmonized measurement of fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, and the introduction of alternative fuels. UNECE is also developing a life-cycle carbon footprint methodology for vehicles and regulating the climate impact of used vehicles.

KEY NEWSย 3/4 โ€” UE

R(EU) 2024/1061- New EU Regulation on Secure Exchange of Vehicle Conformity Certificate Data

The European Union has recently published Regulation (EU) 2024/1061, which establishes rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2018/858 with regard to the secure exchange of electronic vehicle conformity certificate data and read-only access to the conformity certificate.

The new Regulation aims to introduce technical requirements for the secure exchange of electronic conformity certificate data, designate the vehicle identification number (VIN) as the standardized identifier, and require public online access to the certificate information using the VIN.

The main aspects of the Regulation include:

  • Article 1 specifies requirements for the secure exchange of conformity certificate data, such as the use of secure websites, XML format, electronic signatures, and data encryption.
  • Article 2 establishes that the vehicle identification number (VIN) will be used as the unique identifier to access the conformity certificate information.
  • Article 3 obliges the approval authorities in each EU Member State to provide public read-only access to the conformity certificate data online using the VIN as the search criterion.

The Regulation entered into force on May 1, 2024, but will apply from July 5, 2025, with the exception of Article 4, which applies from May 1, 2024.

KEY NEWSย 4/4 โ€”ย AUS

Proposal for new design regulation requiring new electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be equipped with Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS)

The Australian government is set to introduce new design regulations that will require all new electric, hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from November 2025 onwards to be equipped with Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS). The AVAS will require these vehicles to emit a sound when travelling at low speeds to alert pedestrians, improving safety.

Electric vehicles are much quieter than conventional gasoline or diesel vehicles, making them more difficult for pedestrians to hear, especially for the blind or visually impaired who rely on sound to navigate the roads. The new regulation aims to address this safety concern as the adoption of electric vehicles increases.

The AVAS will make electric vehicles audible by emitting a sound below 30 km/h in areas such as parking lots, intersections, and vehicle entrances where pedestrians are more frequent. The sound level will not exceed the noise of gasoline vehicles.

The government consulted with stakeholders and found strong support from state authorities, disability advocates, and automakers. An impact analysis estimated that the regulation would prevent over 68 deaths and thousands of injuries by 2060, saving $208 million.

Requiring AVAS aligns Australia with standards in major markets such as the EU, the UK, Japan, Korea, and the United States. Advocates for the blind particularly welcomed the change after advocating for the technology since 2018. The new design regulation is expected to significantly improve road safety as electric mobility grows in Australia.

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