EC: Guidelines on the exemption procedure for the EU approval of automated vehicles

The Commission adopted on 17 May 2018 an EU strategy on automated and connected mobility (CAM). As part of the strategy, the Commission announced its intention to work with Member States on guidelines to ensure a harmonised approach for exemption procedure for the EU approval of automated vehicles. The results of the initiative can now be read in this document.


Technologies not foreseen by EU vehicle rules such as automated driving can already be approved through an EU exemption procedure. Pending the adoption of harmonised EU requirements, the approval is granted on the basis of a national ad-hoc safety assessment which is mutually recognized by other Member States through a Commission decision. The vehicle type can then be placed on the EU market like any other EU approved vehicle.


The purpose of these guidelines is to harmonize the practice of Member States for the national ad-hoc assessment of automated vehicles and to streamline the mutual recognition of such assessment, as well as to ensure fair competition and transparency. In line with the priorities of work proposed in the CAM strategy, the focus on these guidelines will be on automated vehicles that can drive themselves in a limited number of driving situations (SAE levels 3 and 4) which are already being tested and are expected on a commercial basis by 2020.


Source: European Commission




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