UNECE: Framework document on automated/autonomous vehicles of level 3 and higher is now available

The Framework document’s primary purpose is to provide guidance to World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) subsidiary Working Parties (GRs) by identifying key principles for the safety and security of automated/autonomous vehicles of levels 3 and higher. The framework document also defines the work priorities for WP.29 and indicates the deliverables, timelines and working arrangements for those certain work products related to those priorities.

WP.29 recognises that for automated/autonomous vehicles to fulfil their potential in particular to improve road transport, then they must be placed on the market in a way that reassures road users of their safety. If automated/autonomous vehicles confuse users, disrupt road traffic, or otherwise perform poorly then they will fail. WP.29 seeks to avoid this outcome by creating the framework to helping to deliver safe and secure road vehicles in a consistent manner, and to promote collaboration and communication amongst those involved in their development and oversight.

The level of safety to be ensured by automated/autonomous vehicles implies that “an automated/autonomous vehicle shall not cause any non-tolerable risk”, meaning that automated/autonomous vehicle systems, under their automated mode (Operational Design Domain (ODD) or Operational Domain (OD)), shall not cause any traffic accidents resulting in injury or death that are reasonably foreseeable and preventable. Based on this principle, this framework sets out a series of vehicle safety topics to be taken into account to ensure safety

Source: UNECE


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