This agenda item relates to UN R46 Indirect Vision.
Working Party on General Safety | Session 103 | 2-5 Oct 2012

16. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2012/16 proposing the installation of a new generation of exterior and interior mirrors enclosed in a protective housing or holder. GRSG adopted the proposal, without amendments, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their March 2013 sessions, as draft Supplement 2 to the 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46.

17. The expert from the Netherlands introduced a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1) to allow replacement of all mirrors with camera-monitor systems. The expert from Germany informed GRSG (GRSG-103-19) about the work progress made by the ISO Task Force on the standardization of camera-monitor systems (ISO 16505). He added that a final proposal by ISO could be expected by the end of 2013 (GRSG-103-27-Rev.1). GRSG had an exchange of views on the optional/mandatory installation of camera-monitor systems and the need to insert fail-safe provisions. GRSG noted that such new vehicle systems would not only improve vehicle safety, but also the environmental protection (i.e. reduction of vehicle emissions). At its next session, GRSG expected to receive only a progress report and agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 on the agenda as a reference document awaiting the conclusion of the ISO Task Force.

18. Referring to the adoption of the draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87) at the previous session of GRSG, the expert from OICA proposed to clarify the transitional provisions (GRSG-103-30). The expert from Germany added clarifications to the table listed in paragraph 15.2.1.1.1. (GRSG-103-31). Following the discussion, GRSG adopted both proposals, as reproduced in GRSG-103-31-Rev.1, and requested the secretariat to submit the document to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration at their November 2012 sessions, together with ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/87, as draft 04 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 46 (see WP.29-158-08).

31. The expert from OICA reported on the progress (GRSG-103-28) made by the Informal Group on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA). As the IWVTA ambassador of GRSG, he announced his intention to prepare a position paper for each candidate Regulation listed in Annex 2 of WP.29-156-21-Rev.1 under the GRSG responsibility. GRSG noted a number of comments on the validity of some candidate Regulations applicable to the IWVTA. Following the discussion, the IWTA ambassador invited all governmental delegates to email him (ofontaine@oica.net) their comments well in advance of the deadline for submission of official documents.

32. The expert from Japan introduced GRSG-103-07, proposing a new series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 34 on fuel tanks. GRSG welcomed the proposal on fire prevention and agreed on the need to complement the proposal with a cost-benefit analysis. GRSG decided to resume consideration of the proposal at its next session on the basis of an official document under a specific agenda item.

33. The expert from Japan presented GRSG-103-23, justifying the need to improve the field of vision for drivers of larger vehicles. In this respect, he proposed amending the provisions of UN Regulation No. 46 on devices for indirect vision (GRSG-103-13). GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and requested the secretariat to distribute GRSG-103-13 with an official symbol.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 104 | 15-19 Apr 2013

26. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/5 and its Corr.1 proposing to increase the safety benefits of the driver’s field of vision and the pedestrian safety in narrow streets. The expert from OICA requested details on the formula used for the range of a blind area. The expert from Japan presented their concept of obstacles aiming at improving the driver’s vision of pedestrian or other vulnerable road user approaching the vehicle (GRSG-104-45). He also presented the results of a study on this subject (GRSG-104-46). GRSG welcomed the initiative by Japan and noted a number of comments. The experts from EC, France and Germany raised a study reservation on the proposed amendments.

27. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session in October 2013 on the basis of a revised document by Japan, if available, or to keep otherwise ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/5 on the agenda as a reference document.

28. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 to allow replacement of all mirrors with camera-monitor systems (CMS), the experts from ISO and OICA reported on the progress (GRSG-104-30) made by the ISO Task Force on the standardization of camera-monitor systems (ISO 16505). GRSG noted that the ISO standard was expected to be published by mid 2014. GRSG had an exchange of views on a number of safety aspect of the new camera-monitor systems. The Chair welcomed the offer by Germany to share, at a further session of GRSG, more detailed research results on this subject. GRSG agreed to have, at the next session, a detailed consideration of all the safety aspects linked to CMS and to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2011/23/Rev.1 on the agenda as a reference document awaiting the conclusion of the ISO Task Force.

29. The expert from OICA introduced GRSG-104-25 and GRSG-104-26 clarifying the transitional provisions of the 03 series and the 04 series of amendments, respectively, to UN Regulation No. 46. GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session and invited the secretariat to distribute GRSG-104-25 and GRSG-104-26 with an official symbol (in two different parts).

26. The expert from Japan introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/5 and its Corr.1 proposing to increase the safety benefits of the driver’s field of vision and the pedestrian safety in narrow streets. The expert from OICA requested details on the formula used for the range of a blind area. The expert from Japan presented their concept of obstacles aiming at improving the driver’s vision of pedestrian or other vulnerable road user approaching the vehicle (GRSG-104-45). He also presented the results of a study on this subject (GRSG-104-46). GRSG welcomed the initiative by Japan and noted a number of comments. The experts from EC, France and Germany raised a study reservation on the proposed amendments.

27. GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session in October 2013 on the basis of a revised document by Japan, if available, or to keep otherwise ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/5 on the agenda as a reference document.

Working Party on General Safety | Session 105 | 8-11 Oct 2013

26. Referring to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/21 on the installation of exterior mirrors with automatic pivoting function on the passenger side of a vehicle, the expert from Germany introduced GRSG-105-28 on new requirements for mirrors to be unfolded automatically above a certain vehicle speed. He announced that he had already received a number of comments by the experts from the Netherlands and OICA. GRSG noted a number of further comments and agreed to resume consideration of the proposals at the next GRSG session on the basis of a revised official document by Germany.

30. Recalling the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/2013/5 to increase the safety benefits of the driver’s field of vision and the pedestrian safety in narrow streets, the expert from Japan introduced GRSG-105-25 proposing some amendments to the initial proposal and a roadmap for further proceedings. GRSG noted a number of concerns by the experts from the EC, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom and OICA (GRSG-105-17). GRSG did not agree to split UN Regulation No. 46 with respect to different vehicle categories. Following the discussion, GRSG agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session in May 2014 on the basis of a revised document by Japan, taking into account the comments received.

31. The expert from OICA presented GRSG-105-19 introducing, for special cases, adjustments to the co-ordinates of the ocular points. GRSG noted a number of comments and agreed to resume consideration on this subject at its next session on the basis of an official document.

Documentation
GRSG-106-22 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Japan)
GRSG/2013/5 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Japan)
GRSG/2013/21 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Germany)
GRSG/2014/10 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 46 (OICA)
GRSG/2014/17 | Proposal for Supplement 1 to the 04 series of amendments to Regulation No. 46 (Germany)