47. The expert from the Russian Federation, chairing the IWG on AECS, reported on the work results achieved by the group (GRSG-109-24). He informed GRSG about the decision of the IWG to limit the scope of the new draft UN Regulation on AECS, not covering the telecommunication functionalities. He added that the IWG would resume consideration of the manual triggering of the AECS. In this respect, he sought the advice of GRSG on the possibility to switch-off AECS and to mandate or permit in the installation requirements a switch-off button. He announced the intention of the IWG to submit a first proposal of the draft UN Regulation at the next GRSG on the basis of an informal document.
48. With respect to the possibility to switch-off AECS, GRSG was of the opinion to permit the installation of a switch-off button only in very limited cases, e.g. maintenance purposes, and not directly accessibly from the passenger compartment. The expert from EC informed GRSG on the still ongoing discussion in his organization on the same question but related to the European Union “eCall” system. He offered to keep GRSG and AECS informed once an agreement was found in Brussels.
49. As the mandate of the IWG on AECS was limited to October 2015 and due to the delay in the development of the new Regulation, the AECS Chair requested an extension of the mandate by one year, until October 2016. GRSG endorsed that request. The Chair of GRSG announced his request to seek the endorsement of WP.29 at the forthcoming November session.
50. GRSG recalled its discussion under agenda item 14 (paras. 42-43 above) on a new symbol for the emergency call control and tell-tale. Finally, GRSG agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session, awaiting a first proposal of the draft UN Regulation on AECS.