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Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear
84th session | Geneva | 19-22 Sep 2017 Download Copy
Agenda Item 9. (b) | Steering equipment: Automatically Commanded Steering Function
Documentation
GRRF-84-02 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 79 - Requirements applicable to ACSF of Category C1
GRRF-84-09 | Proposal for an amendment to Regulation No. 79 - Remote Control Manoeuvring (UK)
GRRF-84-19 | Proposal for revised ToR and RoP for the IWG on ACSF
GRRF-84-22 | Proposal for amendments to the 02 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 (CLEPA and OICA)
GRRF-84-23 | Proposal for draft amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 - Emergency Steering Function (ESF) (CLEPA and OICA)
GRRF-84-24 | Comments from Tesla, Inc. on GRRF-84-02 sent to the secretariat (Tesla)
GRRF-84-28 | Proposal for amendments to GRRF-84-02 (Japan)
GRRF-84-29 | Lane Change Manoeuvre representation (CLEPA)
GRRF-84-30 | Lane Change Manoeuvre representation (OICA)
GRRF-84-36 | Draft consolidated amendments to Regulation No. 79
GRRF-84-37 | ACSF lane-change speed-distance calculation tool (Germany)
GRRF/2017/26 | Annotated provisional agenda for the 85th GRRF session
WP.29-172-08 | Proposal for a decision on GRRF activities related to Automated Driving by WP.29 at its 172nd session (Germany)
Related pages: UN R79 Steering Equipment

50. The expert from Germany on behalf of the Co-Chair of the IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF) presented GRRF-84-02 with draft provisions for ACSF of Category [C1]. GRRF discussed values in square brackets in the document related to the scenario considered for the purpose of testing the performance of ACSF of C1 category. In particular, the definition of the point at which, following the beginning of the Lane Change Procedure, the driver’s reaction should be understood did not achieve consensus and created difficulties to agree on what is referred to as reaction time in draft para. 5.6.4.8.1. The expert from Japan presented GRRF-84-28 proposing derogations in case the maximum speed allowed in the territory of a Contracting Party would be lower than 130 km/h. GRRF agreed to defer GRRF-84-28 to the IWG on ACSF. GRRF considered the note from the secretariat (GRRF-84-24) reproducing comments received from Tesla Inc. GRRF also discussed GRRF-84-23 tabled by the experts from OICA and CLEPA on Emergency Steering Functions. GRRF requested the secretariat to consolidate the proposals as reflecting the current position and guidance of GRRF (GRRF-84-36) and to add this consolidation to the provisional agenda of the next session of GRRF (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/26). GRRF also requested the IWG on ACSF to review this document until the next GRRF session.

51. The expert from UK introduced GRRF-84-09 proposing to include provisions applicable for Remote Control Manoeuvring (RCM). GRRF requested the secretariat to distribute this document with an official symbol for the February 2018 session of GRRF.

52. GRRF reviewed the update proposal for the Terms of Reference of the IWG on ACSF tabled by the expert from Germany (GRRF-84-19). GRRF considered this document bearing in mind WP.29-172-08 under agenda item 8.

53. GRRF agreed to recommend to WP.29 the extension of the Terms of Reference of the IWG on ACSF [as reproduced in Annex VI of the GRRF session report] and to work in parallel on provisions related to ACSF of Category E, SAE Level 3 and 4, taking into account the future recommendations of the IWG on ITS/AD Task Force on the testing of automated/autonomous vehicles.

Previous Discussion(s)

Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear | Session 82 | 20-23 Sep 2016

1. The Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) held its eighty-second session from 20 to 23 September 2016 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by the elected Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend. 2): Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and the United States of America (USA). An expert from the European Commission (EC) and an expert from the International Transport Forum / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (ITF/OECD) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participated: the International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry (CLCCR), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA), the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO), La Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the Federation of European Manufacturers of Friction Materials (FEMFM), the International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) and Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). Upon the special invitation of the Chair, the following NGOs participated: European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery (CEMA), Imported Tyre Manufacturers Association (ITMA) and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

2. GRRF considered the agenda prepared for the eighty-second session and adopted it (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/24 and Add.1) as updated and reproduced in GRRF‑82‑11, including all informal documents received until the session’s starting date.

3. GRRF also adopted the running order for the session as proposed in GRRF-82-01. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the session report.

4. The secretariat introduced GRRF-82-10, announcing that the next GRRF session would take place on 23-27 January 2017 and recalling that the deadline for the submission of official documents would be 28 October 2016.

5. The secretariat reminded that Footnote 5 in the table of Annex 3 in the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 131 imposes the review of the target speed in cell H2 before 1 November 2021.

6. GRRF didn’t receive any update on Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

7. No progress was reported under this item, as the work of the experts on Modular Vehicle Combinations (MVC) was currently focusing on mechanical coupling aspects addressed under item 4, below.

8. The Chair of GRRF recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2013/13, adopted during the seventy-fifth GRRF session. The document remained on the agenda of GRRF, pending submission to the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) of the adopted text for Regulation No. 89 (Speed limitation devices).

9. GRRF didn’t receive any new information about the activities of the Special Interest Group (SIG) of experts dealing with the provisions of Annex 14 of Regulation No. 13.

10. The expert from the Russian Federation presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/25 proposing the alignment of the Russian text with the French and English versions. GRRF agreed with the proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it as draft Corrigendum to Revision 8 of Regulation No. 13 (Heavy vehicle Braking) to WP.29 and AC.1 at their March 2017 sessions.

11. The expert from the Netherlands, recalling the initial discussion at WP.29, presented WP.29-168-16 proposing deletions in Annex 5 of Regulation No. 13. The expert from CLEPA provided an historical explanation about the development of the Regulation and a justification for a deletion of para. 2.2.1. He explained that the proposed deletion of para. 2.3.2. was not justified. GRRF agreed with the explanations provided and agreed to discuss this proposal at its next session on the basis of a revised proposal that the expert from the Netherlands volunteered to prepare.

12. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/26 proposing amendments to Annex 12 of Regulation No. 13. The proposal received a general support. The expert from Germany noted that some modifications of editorial nature might be necessary. GRRF agreed to revisit this item at its next session, on the basis of a revised proposal, that the experts from France and Germany volunteered to prepare.

13. The expert from CLEPA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/27, as amended by GRRF-82-03. GRRF supported the aim of this proposal. The proposal received several comments of editorial nature. GRRF agreed to keep both documents on the agenda of the next GRRF session.

14. GRRF did not receive any new proposal to amend Regulation No. 121 or relevant new information from the Working Party on General Safety provisions (GRSG).

15. The Chair of GRRF invited the expert from RVIA to present GRRF-82-29. The expert from RVIA presented his association (being to date in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO accreditation process) and explained the difficulties of its members to receive approvals for their products according to Regulation No. 13 and sought guidance from GRRF on ways to address the issue. The expert from CLEPA stated that the products mentioned would not comply with several essential provisions of Regulation No. 13 and suggested to delete recreational vehicles of the scope of Regulation No. 13. The Chair wondered whether an NGO not yet successfully holding an ECOSOC accreditation would be entitled to make proposal to GRRF. The Secretary referred to the discussion held at WP.29 at its June 2016 session (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123, para. 14 [note: this refers in principle to discussions on the EU-Japan-US “trilateral paper” which identified involvement of all stakeholders in the development of regulations as a WP.29 priority.]) and the need to keep WP.29 informed.

16. The Chair of the IWG on Regulation No. 55 presented (GRRF-82-02) a proposal (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/28) introducing amendments to Regulation No. 55 on secondary coupling and the attachment points. The expert from Italy responded to the proposal (GRRF-82-05). GRRF supported this proposal as amended and reproduced in GRRF-82-33.

17. The Secretary of the IWG introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/29 (amended by GRRF-82-27) with technical requirements for coupling devices for the purpose of modular vehicle combinations as well as “in-use” requirements for the combination of vehicles. The proposal, supported by GRRF, received some comments about the possibility to verify, at the time of type approval, the compliance with these “in use” requirements. GRRF questioned whether a driver could be requested to verify during a coupling phase the compatibility requirements defined in the proposal. The expert from CLEPA showed that calculation tools were available on the website of his company (www.vbg.se) and argued that it would be possible. GRRF agreed that this aspect of the proposal would need further consideration by the IWG who should recognise that new measures must be enforceable via type approval.

18. The Chair of the IWG presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/30 introducing a procedure to identify permissible performance values combinations for drawbar coupling equipment. GRRF supported this proposal.

19. The Chair of the IWG introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/31 (as amended by GRRF-82-28) proposing clarifications and an amendment to the worst cases identification provisions. GRRF supported the proposal.

20. The expert from Germany volunteered to prepare a consolidated document encompassing all documents above (see paras. 16-19) while addressing the comments received. GRRF requested for this new document to be brought to the next session.

21. The expert from Poland introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/32 proposing to introduce requirements in Regulation No. 55 imposing that a coupling device can only be installed on an M1 vehicle which was designed for its installation. The intention of the proposal received a general support. The expert from Denmark proposed that it should also apply to vehicles of category N1. The experts from the Netherlands and Spain noted that the text of the Regulation already contained provisions in that sense (a list with such provisions is available in the IWG working paper R55-07-06). GRRF supported the idea proposed and agreed to revisit this item at its January 2017 session on the basis of a revised proposal that the experts from Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain volunteered to prepare.

22. The expert from Germany introduced the proposal for Terms of Reference of IWG on the Agricultural Coupling Devices and Components revised by the IWG (GRRF-82-30). GRRF adopted the proposal, reproduced in Annex II. The expert from Germany submitted GRRF-82-37 to GRRF, providing a status report of the IWGs’ activities.

23. As agreed at the previous session, GRRF reviewed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/114 proposing a new series of amendments to Regulation No. 78 (submitted to WP.29 and AC.1 for review and vote at their coming sessions). The expert from IMMA introduced GRRF-82-06-Rev.1, proposing three minor corrections. GRRF reconfirmed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/114, adopted the editorial corrections, as reproduced in Annex III and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1, as an informal document amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/114 at their November 2016 sessions.

24. The expert from Italy consulted GRRF (GRRF-82-04) on a proposal to develop an amendment to GTR No. 3 on motorcycle braking. He informed that Italy, at the forty-eighth session of AC.3, would propose to sponsor this amendment, harmonizing the provisions of the GTR and those in Regulation No. 78, dealing with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), tri-cycles Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), Emergency Stop Signal and means to disable the ABS function (‘ABS switch’). The expert from Canada pointed out potential challenges related to the absence of specific EMC testing requirements for braking systems and the obligation to justify why mandating the fitment of ABS on tri-cycles. GRRF supported the content of GRRF-82-04. The expert from Italy volunteered to request the authorization to develop Amend. 3 to GTR No. 3 at the forty-eighth session of AC. 3 in November 2016.

25. The expert from Italy presented GRRF-82-32 introducing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/18, which was already presented once, at the February 2016 session. He pointed out that he didn’t receive any feedback or comments on the proposal and that therefore the original proposal was not amended. GRRF adopted the proposal as amended and requested the secretariat to submit this proposal as draft Supplement 4 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 90 (Replacement braking parts), for consideration and vote at the June 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.1.

26. The expert from Spain introduced GRRF-82-36, providing a status report on the activities of the special interest group of experts dealing with the clarification and the interpretation of Regulation No. 90. He announced that he would present the conclusions of the group at the January 2017 session of GRRF. GRRF agreed to revisit this item at its next session.

27. The expert from CLEPA raised a concern related to the high market share of remanufactured brake calipers and stated the risk related to what she called a potentially dangerous and uncontrolled “brake caliper grey market”.

28. The expert from ETRTO introduced GRRF-82-25 presenting the conclusions of their considerations on the development of the Amendment No. 2 to UN GTR No. 16. The expert from the Russian Federation proposed his leadership to develop this amendment and consulted GRRF on the necessity to establish an IWG on the Tyre GTR. He then introduced GRRF-82-31 proposing draft Terms of Reference for the IWG. GRRF endorsed the proposal as reproduced in Annex IV. The expert from the Russian Federation volunteered to request the authorization to develop Amend. 2 to GTR No. 16 at the forty-eighth session of AC. 3.

29. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/33 (as updated by GRRF-82-22), proposing editorial corrections.

30. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/34 with provisions for tyres designed for a “special” application which also fulfil the definition of a “snow” tyre.

31. GRRF adopted both proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them as draft Supplement 19 to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 30 (Tyres for passenger cars and their trailers) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2017 sessions.

32. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/35 as amended by GRRF-82-23 proposing editorial corrections to Regulation No. 54. He also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/36 proposing amendments to provisions on the minimum markings heights.

33. GRRF agreed with all documents above (see para. 32.) and requested the secretariat to keep the documents on the agenda for the next session.

34. The expert from France introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/37 proposing clarifications in line with those proposed previously to Regulations Nos. 30, 54 and 117. GRRF adopted this proposal and requested the secretariat to submit it as draft Supplement 16 to Regulation No. 75 (Tyres for motorcycles/mopeds) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions.

35. The expert from ETRTO presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/38, proposing amendments on tyre markings, similar amendments to those proposed by the expert from France (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/37) and harmonized provisions with those in another EU Regulation (namely Regulation EU 167/2013) which defines vehicles of Category S as “interchangeable towed equipment”. GRRF amended the proposal, as reflected in GRRF-82-24-Rev.1.

36. The expert from ETRTO proposed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/39 introducing updates to Annex 5.

37. GRRF agreed with the proposals above (see paras. 35-36) and requested the secretariat to keep the documents on the agenda of its January 2017 session.

38. The expert from ETRTO withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/46 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/47.

39. GRRF resumed consideration of proposed amendments to Annexes 7 and 10 to Regulation No. 109 as well as the proposal originally submitted by the expert from Slovakia, in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/40. The expert from ETRTO presented a proposal for amendments to tyre marking requirements in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/41.

40. GRRF adopted both proposals and requested the secretariat to submit them as draft Supplement 8 to Regulation No. 109 (Retreaded tyres for commercial vehicles and their trailers) to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their March 2017 sessions.

41. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/42 proposing amendments to the type definition.

42. GRRF agreed with the proposal and requested the secretariat to keep the document on the agenda of its January 2017 session.

43. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/43 proposing editorial corrections to the Regulations.

44. GRRF agreed with the corrections and requested the secretariat to keep the document on the agenda of the next session.

45. The expert from ETRTO introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/44 proposing editorial corrections to the Regulations.

46. GRRF agreed with the corrections and requested the secretariat to keep the document on the agenda of the next session.

47. The expert from ETRTO presented GRRF-82-21 collecting the definitions in UN Regulations on tyres. He added that doing this review, they noted some possible harmonization of definitions across the Regulations. They invited the delegates to review the document and to indicate whether GRRF would support amending the Regulations in order to harmonize the definitions when relevant or develop a Resolution containing definitions. GRRF agreed to keep this document on the agenda of the next session.

48. GRRF did not receive any contribution under this agenda item.

49. GRRF received an oral report from the Secretary of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems / Automated Driving on the outcome of the latest meeting that took place one day before the start of this GRRF session. The Secretary referred to GRRF-82-16 containing the latest document discussed with elements determining the definitions of automation levels. He noted that it was intended to be a living document delivering the conceptual framework, while GRRF was dealing with technical requirements. GRRF noted the importance of the work done by the IWG and supported the view expressed by the Chair on the necessity to allocate more time for this IWG in the framework of the WP.29 activities.

50. Three intergovernmental bodies dealing with automated driving had their sessions during the third week of September 2016, in the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Taking advantage of the experts’ attendance, the Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and the Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) broke their usual work on 20 September 2016 (afternoon) in order to meet together informally in the configuration of the 2016 UNECE ITS flagship event as joint meeting of WP.1, WP.29/GRRF and IWG on ITS/AD experts. This ad hoc meeting, aiming at an in-depth exchange or views and information, was moderated by Mrs. L. Iorio (Chair of WP.1) and by Mr. B. Frost (Chair of GRRF). Mr. J. Valmain (Chair of the Informal Group on Automated Driving) gave a status report on the activities of WP.1 and its informal group. Mr. O. Klöckner (Germany) gave a status report on the activities of the GRRF Informal Working Group on ACSF (Regulation No.79). The WP.1 delegate from Sweden wondered why GRRF was prioritizing its work on technical provisions applicable for lower levels of automation, if it would block technical progress and the introduction of these technologies. The Chair of GRRF noted that no Contracting Party and no other stakeholder presented any request or proposal related to higher level of automation and that no members of the industry expressed the need to do so at this stage. The expert from OICA confirmed some public relations activities on these technologies and explained that they were mostly related to market probing activities. The delegate from Slovakia wondered whether driver training would be necessary in order for drivers to understand and well control these new technologies. The delegate from Germany mentioned the work done on Human Machine Interface (HMI) to minimize system complexity and make systems intuitive for the driver. The WP.1 delegate from Belgium noted the Terms of Reference of the IWG on ACSF. He raised the question whether a driver or a system would be able to identify a highway in the sense of the Regulation. The expert from Finland, responding to the expert from Sweden, added that shuttles, with automation corresponding to those described in the SAE level 4 definition, would be locally or nationally approved. He noted that the work at the WP.1 level might have to be ahead of the regulatory work done at the GRRF level. The Chair of GRRF noted that the use of Remote Controlled Parking (RCP) systems may be prohibited by traffic laws in some Countries. The expert from WP.1 and GRRF experts noted that some future work could be of mutual interest, especially a reflection on secondary tasks that can be performed by drivers during automated driving phases.

51. GRRF did not receive any contribution under this agenda item.

52. This agenda item was discussed together with the following agenda item. The secretariat noted the decision of their authors and GRRF to remove ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2015/2, GRRF-79-04, GRRF-80-08 and GRRF-81-14 from the agenda, as the progress done under the following agenda item would cover the subjects covered by those documents.

53. The expert from Germany introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/45, containing four options as possible ways forward to progress on ACSF. The Secretary of the IWG on Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF) gave a presentation reporting on the progress made by the group (GRRF-82-17). He reported on definitions proposed for ACSF of Categories A to E, clarifications proposed for Corrective Steering Functions (CSF) and new provisions proposed for RCP. GRRF acknowledged the status report received and agreed to work on an amendment to Option 4 as proposed by GRRF-82-12. The proposal for Option 4 received several comments in GRRF-82-08, GRRF-82-09, GRRF-82-14, GRRF-82-15, GRRF-82-18, GRRF-82-19 and GRRF-82-26.

54. The expert from Sweden commented on GRRF-82-14 informing that road construction standards would define design requirements (inclination profile) leading to the road side forces corresponding to 1 m/s2 and that this value was even higher on roads designed for low speed. GRRF adopted the value 0.8 m/2 proposed in this document for ACSF of categories A and B1 only, as a strict minimum, noting that it was taking account of a 0.2 m/2 measurement uncertainty and that the value 0.8 m/2 would de facto impose manufacturers to design systems according to a higher value in practice.

55. The expert from Germany presented GRRF-82-34 with test results obtained with a standard vehicle, demonstrating the feasibility of the test procedures proposed in Annex 8.

56. GRRF adopted GRRF-82-12-Rev.3, subject to confirmation in January 2017 by GRRF, and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 as a draft Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 79 (Steering equipment) for consideration and vote in March 2017.

57. The expert from FIA presented GRRF-82-07 on data privacy and cybersecurity of (partly) automated driving and on Data Storage Systems for ACSF (DSSA). He advocated against potential DSSA installation requirements for data protection and cybersecurity reasons as, to date, no clarity would be provided on consumer protective measures. He stated that such systems could facilitate the collection (also over-the-air, outside of the vehicle) and interpretation of a large amount of data, that could easily be used against the driver, in various situations (e.g. for commercial, warranty, recall and liability purposes). He urged therefore GRRF to ban such systems as long as no fair and balanced relations among stakeholders would be guaranteed.

58. The expert from OICA presented GRRF-82-13 proposing the introduction of provisions applicable for Emergency Steering Functions (ESF). GRRF supported the proposal but noted the absence of objective testing requirements to verify the safe operation of such systems at the time of Type Approval. Therefore, GRRF invited the IWG on ACSF to develop provisions for ESF.

59. The expert from the European Commission presented GRRF-82-18 reporting on research activities looking for ways to improve Annex 6 on Complex Electronic Systems in Regulation No. 79 and introducing GRRF-82-19 with amendments to this annex. GRRF requested the secretariat to distribute GRRF-82-19 with an official symbol at its next session.

60. The expert from Germany introduced on behalf of Germany and Japan revised draft ToR for the IWG on ACSF (GRRF-82-20-Rev.1). GRRF adopted the document as reproduced in Annex V.

61. The GRRF Ambassador to the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) presented a status report (GRRF-82-35) on the activities of the IWG.

62. GRRF did not receive any new document to be discussed under this agenda item.

63. The expert from OICA withdrew ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2016/21.

64. No information was shared under this agenda item.

65. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedure (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends. 1 and 2), GRRF called for the election of officers on Tuesday morning. Mr. Frost (UK) was unanimously elected Chair of GRRF for the sessions scheduled for the year 2017. Mr. Murai (Japan) was elected Vice-Chair of GRRF for the same period.

66. The secretariat introduced GRRF-82-10 reporting on the GRRF relevant highlights of the 168th and 169th sessions of WP.29. For more information, please refer to the session reports (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1120, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1123).

67. The Secretary informed GRRF, as recommended by WP.29, about discussions that took place at WP.29 in March and June 2016 on the performance of automotive systems (especially those relying on software) in conditions other than those tested according to the regulated test procedures. He presented WP.29-168-15 and WP.29-169-13 and highlighted some parts of the documents (a) providing some examples showing the relevance of the question and compelling experts to be vigilant when reviewing, amending or drafting technical regulations, (b) listing existing regulatory instruments available to experts when drafting regulations applicable for such software-based systems.

68. The Chair of GRRF stated the importance of being vigilant to this matter and encouraged experts to keep it in mind when reviewing, amending or drafting technical regulations.

69. Learning that Mr. Pierre Laurent (CLEPA) and Mr. Colin Ross (CLEPA) would retire and, therefore, no longer attend the sessions, GRRF acknowledged their considerable contributions to the activities of the group. GRRF wished them a long and happy retirement. GRRF also learned that Mr. Kristof Schockaert (Belgium) would no longer attend GRRF session. GRRF acknowledged his great cooperation with GRRF and wished him all the best for his new responsibilities.

World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations | Session 172 | 20-23 Jun 2017

1. The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held its 172nd session from 20 to 23 June 2017, chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy). The following countries were represented, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend.2): Austria; Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Cambodia; Canada; China; Czech Republic; Finland France; Germany; Hungary; India; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Latvia, Luxembourg; Malaysia; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russian Federation; San Marino; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Thailand; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America and Viet Nam. Representatives of the European Union (EU) participated. The following governmental organizations were represented: International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The following intergovernmental organizations were represented: Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The following non-governmental organizations were also represented: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA, representing also the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA)); European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO); Foundation for the Automobile and Society (FIA Foundation); Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP); the International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group (GTB); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA); the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA). Other non-governmental organizations and observers that were represented were: the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC).

2. The Chair of the World Forum welcomed the representatives to the World Forum and introduced the opening speaker Eva Molnar, Director of the Sustainable Transport Division.

3. The Director of the Sustainable Transport Division welcomed the delegates to the 172nd session of the World Forum. As the outgoing director, she expressed her thanks for the decade of excellent cooperation and commended the World Forum on its achievements during the period.

4. She reminded delegates of the Ministerial Resolution adopted on the occasion of the seventy-ninth session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), the bodies 70th anniversary, in February 2017. The Resolution proposed that the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) consider adopting a decision to propose to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the ITC submit to the Council an annual informative report on its activities. The ECE adopted a positive decision and the proposal will be considered by ECOSOC at its next session in July 2017. She urged delegates at the World Forum whose countries are ECOSOC members to support this process. She emphasized that the parallel reporting structure will align the ITC reporting process with its de facto work as the custodian of United Nations Inland Transport Conventions and Agreements whose contracting parties are United Nations Member States from all regions of the world, not only those of the ECE region. She underlined that the parallel reporting structure does not imply the need for additional resources for the ITC secretariat. The only budgetary implication would be translation of the summary report to ECOSOC into the three UN languages that are not official in the ECE region and to which the report of the ITC is not at present translated, namely Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

5. The Director of the Sustainable Transport Division further reflected on the future strategy of the Inland Transport Committee. This strategy should reflect how transport and mobility would be likely in the next 20 to 30 years, addressing automation, climate change, electrification of transport, shared mobility and digitalisation. Questions on the adjustment of current work and organisational settings need to be addressed.

6. The Chair of the World Forum thanked the Director on her opening statement, stating his appreciation of the excellent leadership and cooperation with the World Forum during her 10-year tenure.

7. The Vice-chair of the World Forum reiterated the words of the chair, congratulating the Director on her achievements and wishing her success in future personal endeavours.

8. The annotated provisional agenda was adopted by adding new agenda item 8.5. on the follow-up of the initiative on voluntary road safety target indicators by the World Health Organization.

9. The list of informal documents is reproduced in Annex I to the session report.

10. The 124th session of WP.29/AC.2, (19 June 2017) was chaired by Mr. A. Erario (Italy) and was attended, in accordance to Rule 29 of the terms of reference and rules of procedure of WP.29 (TRANS/WP.29/690 and Amends.1-2), by the Chairs of GRB (France), GRE (Belgium), GRPE (Netherlands), GRRF (United Kingdom), GRSP (United States of America) GRSG (Italy), the Chair of the Executive Committee (AC.3) of the 1998 Agreement (Japan), the Vice-Chair of WP.29 (Russian Federation), by the representatives of Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, United States of America and European Union (EU).

11. The WP.29/AC.2 reviewed and adopted the agenda of the 172nd session of the World Forum. WP.29/AC.2 also reviewed the draft agenda for the 173rd session of the World Forum, scheduled to be held in Geneva from 14 to 17 November 2017.

12. AC.2. discussed the possibility of new vehicle category determinants for automated and autonomous vehicles. AC.2 agreed to defer further discussions on the topic to the Informal Working Group (IWG) on Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS AD) at its session to be held on 22 June 2017 (see para. 25 of this report).

13. The Chair of the IWG on International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) informed AC.2 about the latest amendments to Annex 4 of the draft UN Regulation No. 0, about other UN Regulations to be reviewed by the relevant GRs before they may be included in the annex, namely UN Regulations Nos. 14, 34, 116, 129 and the future UN Regulation on implementing the Worldwide Light-Duty Test Procedures (WLTP).

14. AC.2 reviewed the proposals for amendments of the “General Guidelines” documents and focused on the question whether this document would be still considered as a guideline or as a legal interpretation (see item 4.2.2.). In addition, the EC representative suggests the guideline documents to be reviewed by the GR Chairs, possibly by written procedure during the summer period, before adoption at the November 2017 session.

15. AC.2 explored ways of how to integrate IWVTA into the GR framework. One option was to propose the establishment of a seventh GR, but AC.2 thought, that this would require a more general reflection taking into account priorities of work. A first deliverable was expected by November 2017.

16. The secretariat informed AC.1 on the state of play of the financing for the Database for the Exchange of Type Approval documentation (DETA) following the negotiations in preparation for the sixty-seventh session of the Commission resulting in the only possible way forward via an extra-budgetary project as an interim solution (see item 4.5).

17. AC.2 agreed to discuss Article 15.3 of the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and highlighted its impact on the example of changes to the requirements for Technical Services and, therefore, the possible need for transitional arrangements (see item 4.4.).

18. In order to raise the transparency of the work of WP.29, AC.2 considered ways to ease access of participation to WP.29 for NGOs that have not obtained ECOSOC consultative status, on the basis of proposals to amend the WP.29 Rules of Procedure (RoP). The secretariat was requested to prepare a corresponding proposal for a future amendment of the WP.29 RoP for consideration by WP.29 at its 173rd session in November 2017.

19. AC.2 discussed the agenda for the autonomous vehicle policy conference to be held June 28 and 29 at the Palais des Nations. The European Commission expressed concern that the members of WP.29 were not consulted when WP.1 developed the conference. The EU noted that as the Working Party responsible for development of safety regulations for autonomous vehicles, WP.29 has great interest in discussions involving its members responsible for regulatory policies affecting autonomous vehicles. The secretariat was asked to consult with the leadership of the WP.1 committee to find ways to improve communications between the two committees to ensure that all interested parties are informed in advance and may participate in development of conferences covering joint areas of interest.

20. The representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland raised the security issue of so-called “vehicle as a weapon”. AC.2 agreed this would require reflection whether WP.29 could usefully address this issue.

21. AC.2 recommended AC.4 to convene.

22. The secretariat presented the programme of work, which includes a strategic introductory part on the main priorities of the work of WP.29 vehicle automation, powertrain electrification and enhancement of environmental protection. The priorities would include further development in the implementation of the 1958, 1997 and 1998 Agreements, the main horizontal activities and the main topics addressed by the subsidiary bodies of WP.29 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/1/Rev.1). The World Forum noted the revised programme of work and documentation.

23. The secretariat presented the list of Working Parties and Chairs (based on WP.29-172-01/Rev.1). The World Forum noted WP.29-172-02 on the draft 2018 calendar for WP.29 and its subsidiary bodies.

24. The representative of China requested the secretariat, because of an overlap with Chinese New Year celebrations, to consider advancing the scheduled 85th session of GRRF by ten days.

25. The representative of Germany presented WP.29-172-08 proposing to mandate GRRF to address higher level of automations in its regulatory work. The Chair of the IWG on Intelligent Transport Systems and Automated Driving (ITS/AD) recalled the decision of WP.29 in March 2017 on this matter (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, para. 24). WP.29 agreed to request GRRF to address SAE level 3 and 4, to defer the document to GRRF and to request GRRF to report on their view of the document at the November session of WP.29.

26. The secretariat recalled the statement of the representative of United Kingdom at AC.2 on challenges and sequence of meetings that would require an extraordinary meeting of GRRF in the week following the seventy-eighth session of GRE. WP.29 requested the secretariat to organize this one-day extraordinary session of GRRF and to reallocate, if necessary, the WP.29 resources to accommodate this request.

27. The Chair of the IWG on ITS/AD reported on the outcome of the IWG discussions at the meeting held during the week of WP.29 and highlighted that: (a) the Terms of Reference for the Task Force on Cybersecurity had been adopted by the IWG, (b) the discussions on the level definitions of autonomous driving had been concluded and that a final document would be presented to WP.29 for consideration and possible adoption at its November 2017 session, (c) following a brainstorming session on how to reflect the automation of vehicles within vehicle category denominations, the IWG had prefered to follow a pragmatic solution and not commit to a specific one at this stage, and (d) the initial discussions on future approaches and methods for testing of automated/autonomous vehicles had started. Furthermore, the IWG on ITS/AD had agreed to establish a new Task Force on testing of automated/autonomous vehicles.

28. The representative of the Russian Federation, Vice-Chair of WP.29, thanked the Chair of the IWG for the very interesting presentation and mentioned that normally the categories of vehicles are necessary for future requirements, which are applied for type approval. The scope of WP.29 is vehicle performance but not traffic rules and insurance fees, so this aspect should be taken into account when new definitions are proposed.

29. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRSP given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 36-40) and approved the report.

30. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRPE given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 41-43) and approved the report.

31. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRRF given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 44-49) and approved the report.

32. The World Forum recalled the oral report of the Chair of GRB given during the 171st session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1129, paras. 50-52) and approved the report.

33. The Chairman of GRE reported on the results of the seventy-seventh session of GRE (for details, see the report in ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRE/77).

34. The GRE chair informed WP.29 that, at the request of IWG on IWVTA, GRE had clarified the individual Regulations on lighting and light-signalling devices with a requirement that light sources in these devices should be type approved pursuant to Regulations Nos. 37, 99 or 128.

35. The GRE chair reported that GRE had finalized the discussion on whether or not the amendment proposals to Regulations Nos. 6 and 50 on direction indicators with sequential activation would require a new series of amendments and/or transitional provisions. GRE had concluded that a new series of amendments was not necessary, as the proposed amendments were of clarification nature and did not introduce new requirements. At the same time, GRE had agreed that the industry would need a transition period to take into account, in the design process, the amended provisions and decided to introduce them by means of a Supplement with transitional provisions.

36. The GRE chair also briefed WP.29 that, in the framework of the simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations, GRE had taken took note of a first draft Regulation on Light-Signalling Devices and sought clarification on how the amendment process, including new series of amendments and approval markings, would work for this new Regulation covering many different devices. WP.29 noted that GRE had argued in favour of mandatory, rather than optional, use of Unique Identifier (UI). The representative of OICA informed that the DETA and IWVTA informal groups are currently developing proposed guidelines for the application of the Unique Identifier. He also referred to Schedule 5 of the revised 1958 Agreement, and explained that, while the Unique Identifier could equally apply to a Regulation that encompasses several devices, a new UI could nevertheless be needed when the requirements for only one of the devices is amended. He therefore concluded that the UI concept, though clearly a preferred approach for the simplification of markings, is not a pre-requisite for the work undertaken in GRE, as also confirmed in the IWVTA informal group.

37. The GRSG Chair reported on the results achieved during the 112th session of GRSG (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSG/91).

38. The GRSG Chair informed WP.29 about the submission of a Corrigendum to Global Technical Regulation No. 6 to clarify the scope and the technical rationale for consideration at the November 2017 sessions of WP.29 and AC.3.

39. WP.29 welcomed the submission by GRSG of a new draft UN Regulation on Accident Emergency Call Systems (AECS), including the alignment of the corridor of sled pulse (65g) with the EU legislation. The representative of the Russian Federation congratulated GRSG with such success and mentioned that this activity began at 2013 according Russian proposal and remained that analogical regulations are in force in Eurasian Economic Union from 2015 and they already had safe a lot of lives at road accidents.

40. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of GRSP informed WP.29 about the results made by his group during its sixty-first session (for details see the session report ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRSP/61).

41. Referring to new activities of GRSP on how to improve safety of L7 category of vehicles, he recommended the need to address roadworthiness issue related to this category of vehicles, especially frontal collision as performed by Euro NCAP. WP.29 endorsed the recommendation of the Chair of GRSP.

42. The Chair of GRPE (Netherlands), reported to WP.29 on the results achieved by GRPE during its seventy-fifth session (for more details see the report of the session ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/75).

43. WP.29 endorsed the proposed route by GRPE to transpose the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) into the 1958 Agreement (GRPE-75-18).

44. WP.29 endorsed the extension of the mandate of the IWG on VIAQ until November 2020 to extend the work to consider not only emissions generated by interior materials, but also gases from other sources that enter into the vehicle cabin. WP.29 noted that a first draft of the updated terms of reference and rules of procedure was submitted by the IWG on VIAQ at the June 2017 GRPE session (GRPE-75-14) and that a final version is expected to be considered by GRPE at its January 2018 session.

45. As new Chair for the new stage of the IWG on VIAQ, the representative of the Russian Federation highlighted the existing standards on VIAQ in in his country since 2010 and in the Eurasian region since 2015. He expressed the willingness to lead the activities of the IWG on VIAQ based on the experience in the Russian Federation in such important topic to reduce threats to people health.

46. WP.29 noted that Mr. A. Rijnders (Netherlands) was re-elected as Chair of GRPE for the year 2018 and that no Vice-Chair was elected in the absence of candidates.

47. The representative of India expressed the intention to nominate a candidate for the GRPE Vice-Chairmanship at the next election of officers for the year 2019 taking place in June 2018.

48. The secretariat informed the World Forum about the latest update of the status of the 1958 Agreement (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.25) that contains the information received by the secretariat up to 20 May 2017, and which is available on the WP.29 website at: www.unece.org/trans/main/wp29/wp29wgs/wp29gen/wp29fdocstts.html. WP.29 noted that Contracting Parties should notify the secretariat about any amendments needed to the status document.

49. The secretariat, following the discussions of the March 2017 session, presented a user-manual (WP.29-172-07) of the web-based application that had been established in the Sustainable Transport Division on the exchange of information between the Contracting Parties and the secretariat for information relevant to Part 1 and Annex 1 of the status of the 1958 Agreement document, that aimed to replace paper notification of the above-mentioned information.

50. WP.29 decided that the heads of delegations should provide the secretariat with the Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) on the designation of Type Approval Authorities and Technical Services that would receive credentials for accessing the application for introducing new or changes to existing information. WP.29 agreed that the objective was to manage the exchange of information with the secretariat, exclusively through the web-based application from 2018 onwards.

51. No new proposals were submitted under this agenda item.

52. No new proposals were submitted under this agenda item.

53. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, presented the draft General Guidelines for UN regulatory procedures and transitional provisions in UN Regulations (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67). The document aimed to streamline the future work in the subsidiary bodies, to clarify the procedures following Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and to ensure “good regulatory practice” by providing clarifications to avoid divergence in the understanding of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement and the application of UN Regulations. The document also was largely based on the existing guidelines (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1), but updated them in order to reflect Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement. Finally, the IWG on IWVTA was considering the possibility to transform, in the future, this guidance document into a new Schedule to the 1958 Agreement.

54. WP.29 noted Corrigendum 1 to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67 to align the French version to the English and Russian versions and endorsed the document. WP.29 further agreed to correct the current version of the guideline document, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1, and requested the secretariat to publish a Corrigendum. The World Forum also noted other amendments submitted by the IWG on IWVTA (WP.29-172-11) and from the representative of EU (WP.29-172-16).

55. Following the discussion, WP.29 did not fully endorse the proposed amendments and agreed to keep them in square brackets, subject to a final review by each Working Party that is subsidiary to WP.29, by the IWG on IWVTA, and by the secretariat. Each Working Party is invited to submit the result of final review to the Technical Secretary of IWG on IWVTA and UNECE Secretariat by the end of October 2017 at the latest. WP.29 agreed to consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67 and Corr.1, with the proposed amendments contained in by WP.29-172-11 and WP.29-172-16, for adoption at its November 2017 session and requested the secretariat to circulate the proposal as a consolidated document with a new symbol by the end of June 2017.

56. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA introduced the Draft UN Regulation No. 0 on uniform provisions concerning International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/104) and the latest amendments to its Annex 4 listing UN Regulations covered by the IWVTA (WP.29-172-12). He highlighted other UN Regulations to be reviewed by the relevant GR before they may be included in the annex, namely UN Regulations Nos. 14, 34, 116, 129 and the future UN Regulation on implementing the Worldwide Light-Duty Test Procedures (WLTP). WP.29 agreed to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption.

57. He further introduced a tentative draft of the Rules of Procedures and the Terms of Reference (WP.29-172-14) for the future work of the IWG on IWVTA Phase 2. WP.29 asked to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption.

58. The secretariat announced that confirmation had been received from the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) that no Contracting Party has opposed the proposal for Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement.

59. The scheduled date of entry into force of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement is 14 September 2017 (see CN.314.2017).

60. The representative of Japan, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on IWVTA, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/55 including the editorial correction as reflected in IWVTA-SG58-23-07. The World Forum noted the addition to the “Question and Answer” document on Revision 3 as Q&A No. 22 on the application of the numbering of UN type approvals as from the entry into force of Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement (WP.29-172-15), and agreed to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption when Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement entered into force.

61. The secretariat introduced a recommendation on Article 15.3 of Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement (WP.29-172-27). WP.29 asked to keep the document on the agenda for its November 2017 session for consideration and adoption.

62. The secretariat updated WP.29 about developments in the hosting of DETA by UNECE and the related discussion of the UNECE Executive Committee (EXCOM) related to financing of DETA (WP.29-172-09).

63. The Chair of GRE reiterated the urgency to have DETA with the Unique Identifier (UI) functions for the ongoing process of simplification of the lighting and light-signalling Regulations, under which around thirty current Regulations would be grouped into three new ones, each covering many devices. The representative of GTB, in his capacity of Secretary of IWG on SLR, pointed out that the new Regulations would keep the traditional approval markings as a fall-back solution, should DETA and UI not be available. However, the traditional markings would not be practical (see also para. 36).

64. The secretariat presented the draft report of the twenty-ninth session of the IWG on DETA (WP.29-172-23).

65. WP.29, noting the absence of a regular budget for DETA, agreed to recommend to EXCOM that an extra budgetary project should be established in order to permit the secretariat to purchase DETA and to cover the running costs of DETA until 2020, while awaiting the solution of EXCOM to sustainably finance DETA. WP.29 (a) welcomed the effort of the automotive industry which was conditionally willing to contribute to the extraordinary costs of the programming of the “Unique Identifier” once DETA has been established and (b) noted that an extra budgetary project should be proposed to EXCOM for financing the Unique Identifier and the modifications of DETA related to IWVTA and the Declaration of Conformance (DoC). WP.29 reflected and agreed to defer decision to the November 2017 session on the proposal to open the use of DETA not only to Contracting Parties of the 1958 Agreements exchanging type approval documentation according to UN Regulations, but also to any member State and their documentation according to their compliance systems, provided that the appropriate access rights are defined.

66. The representative of the United Kingdom stated that countries would probably be willing to pay a fair share of the costs of DETA. The Chair of WP.29 invited delegations to verify the willingness of their country to contribute to the budget of DETA. WP.29 requested that the UNECE Executive Secretary send a letter to the Contracting Parties providing information on the costs related to DETA, the administrative provisions of extrabudgetary projects, and call for donations.

67. The representative of Germany confirmed that the testing version of DETA installed in Germany was not suitable as an interim solution, and wondered about the implications of DETA not being operational at the time of entry into force of the Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement. The representative of OICA responded that application of the Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement would not be formally blocked by the absence of DETA.

68. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.6.1 to 4.6.6 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

69. The representative of OICA announced his intention to submit draft corrigenda to documents ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/58, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/59 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/60 for consideration at the next GRSP session.

70. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under agenda item 4.7.1 to 4.7.3 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting.

71. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under agenda items 4.8.1 to 4.8.4 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting subject to the following amendments:

For agenda item 4.8.3., document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/70,
In para. 2.16., for "28.5.5. " read “28.5”.

For agenda item 4.8.3., document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/70:

In para. 2.16., for "28.5.5. " read “28.5”.

In para. 6.2.1., for “D is the conventional…”, read : “d is the conventional…”

72. The World Forum considered the draft amendment under item 4.9.1 and recommended its submission to AC.1 for voting.

73. The World Forum considered the draft amendments under items 4.10.1 to 4.10.19 and recommended their submission to AC.1 for voting, subject to the amendments noted for each agenda item.

74. For agenda item 4.10.1, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/72, WP.29 noted that that the correct short title of Regulation No. 4 is “Illumination of rear registration plates”.

75. For agenda item 4.10.3, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/74, WP.29 noted that the title of the document shall read: "Proposal for Supplement 28 to the 01 series of amendments to Regulation No. 6 (Direction indicators) ".

76. For agenda item 4.10.9, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/80, WP.29 noted that the title of the document shall read: "Proposal for Supplement 20 to Regulation No. 50 (Position, stop, direction indicators lamps for mopeds and motorcycles) ".

77. No draft corrigenda were submitted.

78. The World Forum recalled its decision under item 4.2.2 on ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/67/Corr.1 and requested the secretariat to publish Corrigendum 1 to the current guideline document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1044/Rev.1.

79. No proposals for new Regulations were submitted.

80. No proposals for amendments were submitted.

81. No proposals for amendments were submitted.

82. The World Forum agreed that agenda items 5.1 to 5.6 should be considered in detail by the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3).

83. The representative of China presented WP.29-172-21 to provide an overview on the development of the China Automotive Testing Cycle (CATC). She explained the need to replace the currently used New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) by a new cycle representing actual driving conditions in China. She mentioned the target to finalize the development of CATC in year 2018 and then to evaluate results and assess the comparison between CATC and WLTP. She clarified that data have not been available when WLTP started to be developed but now data collected by more than 40 cities were used to develop CATC.

84. The Chair of WP.29 pointed out that complications may arise in future if WLTP is not implemented by all Contracting Parties to the 1998 Agreement that notified UN GTR No. 15 and its amendments.

161. The world Forum learned that Mr. Naono (Japan, JASIC office in Geneva) would no longer attend WP.29 sessions. WP.29 acknowledged his outstanding cooperation and wished him all the best for his new responsibilities.

85. The secretariat presented the consolidated document (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1074/Rev.8) on the status of the Agreement including the status of the UN Rules annexed to the Agreement, the list of the Contracting Parties to the Agreement and of their Administrative Departments. No new Contracting Parties have acceded to the agreement since the 171st session of WP.29, nor has the secretariat received new notification on PTI authorities or certificates. The Contracting Parties were reminded to notify the secretariat of any relevant update.

86. The representative of the Russian Federation Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection (PTI) updated the World Forum on the work of the group. He reported to the World Forum on the seventh meeting of the IWG on PTI was held on 14 June 2017 in Moscow, the Russian Federation (WP.29-172-22). The group reviewed the proposal for a new Rule No. 3 on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/93). CITA proposed to modify the document to refer to the recently approved UN Regulation No. 143 and to remove the reference of 300 ppm to assess gas leakages.

87. The Co-Chair of the IWG on Periodical Technical Inspection further reported that the group studied the draft provisions for inspection of hybrid and electric vehicles (HEV). The group decided to add to the draft definitions of the acronyms and HEV components according to UN Regulation No. 100 and provisions for use of On Board Diagnostics (OBD) for inspection. Due to lack of exact information and data the group did not find the solution on periodicity of inspection of the vehicle in question and requests guidance of the World Forum on that subject. Informal Document WP.29-172-19 incorporating the draft Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of hybrid and electric vehicles is submitted for review to this 172nd session of the World Forum (para. 100).

88. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, reminded the World Forum that the groups mandate would expire at the end of 2017. He proposed that the World Forum submit a request to the Inland Transport Committee for the establishment of a Working Party on PTI. He informed the World Forum that the IWG on PTI would meet once more during 2017and that the exact date has not been set yet.

89. The representative of Finland supported the proposal of the representative of the Russian Federation for establishing a Working Party on PTI, having in mind the very important safety and environmental performance implications of the work of the IWG on PTI on road vehicles, and urged delegates present to consider the proposal.

90. In the context of the proposal for establishing a Working Party, the Chair of the World Forum reminded delegates of the limited resources of WP.29, underlining nevertheless that the tabled proposal on new Rules could be examined in an official way by the competent GRs.

91. The secretariat informed the World Forum of the possibility to convene the IWG on PTI within the scope of WP.29 sessions, on Thursday afternoons if the IWG on ITS/AD can complete its session during Thursday mornings. The Chair of the World Forum requested that the Chairs of the relevant IWG coordinate on this matter with the secretariat.

92. The representative of the Netherlands expressed his concern whether the envisaged timeframe of one afternoon would be sufficient for discussions taking into account past experience of the IWG on PTI, and therefore as such may also result in an inefficient use of time resources taking into account its potential impact on the time available for IWG on ITS/AD.

93. The Co-Chair of the World Forum expressed his support for the proposal allocate Thursday afternoons during World Forum sessions for meetings of the IWG on PTI until a systematic long term solution for the work of the group is reached.

94. The Chair of the World Forum invited the stakeholders to further explore the proposed solutions in discussions with the secretariat.

95. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/90 amending ECE/RCTE/CONF/4/Add.1/Rev.1 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/91 amending ECE/RCTE/CONF/4/Add.2.

96. The World Forum considered the draft amendments subject to the correction below and recommended their submission to AC.4 for voting.

97. Document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/91 the last sentence in Paragraph 9.1 shall read “… as amended by Revision 1.”

98. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/92 proposing amendments to the 1997 Agreement. He recalled the status of the discussion at the last session and proposed ways forward. WP.29 invited the Russian Federation to present the proposed amendments to the 1997 Agreement to the Secretary General in consistency with the provisions of the Agreement.

99. The representative of the Russian Federation, Co-Chair of the IWG on PTI, presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/93 proposing the establishment of a new Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of motor vehicles using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and/or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in their propulsion system to be annexed to the 1997 Agreement. Several Contracting Parties indicated that they were in the process of evaluation of the proposal. WP.29 requested the secretariat to prepare a consolidated document for the November 2017 session.

100. The secretariat will submit informal document WP.29-172-19 incorporating the draft Rule on Periodical Technical Inspections of hybrid and electric vehicles as official document for further consideration at the 173rd session of WP.29.

101. The representative of Switzerland presented WP.29-172-28 on manipulations on EURO V and VI trucks by aftermarket suppression of AdBlue injection. He explained that the Swiss authorities decided to act after some previous cases in other countries and that suspect vehicles are immobilized and inspected. He mentioned that 100 manipulated vehicles had been discovered nationwide since February 2017 (about 1 per cent detection rate). He clarified that only manipulated EURO V vehicles had been identified and no manipulated EURO VI vehicles had been detected so far due to the lack of access to the emission control software. He invited Contracting Parties to address the five questions in WP.29-172-28 in order to exchange information on manipulation detection methods and enforcement strategies. He introduced WP.29-172-24 to show how manipulated trucks were detected. He referred to WP.29-172-25 and WP.29-172-26 for information sharing.

102. The representatives of EU, Finland, UK and USA reported on related activities in their respective countries/regions and expressed their willingness to cooperate by sharing information and discussing best enforcement strategies over vehicle life.

103. The representative of the Russian Federation highlighted the relevance of this issue and encouraged the development of recommendations by the IWG on PTI. The representative of CITA underlined the need of consistency between the different regulatory instruments for vehicle approval, PTI and technical roadside inspections covering the whole vehicle life.

104. The Chair of WP.29 invited stakeholders to take contact with the Swiss delegation to contribute to the discussion and invited the Swiss delegation to give an update at the next WP.29 session in November 2017. WP.29 agreed to send WP.29-172-28 to the IWG on PTI for further consideration.

105. The representative of Finland, ambassador of the WP.29 and WP.1 on Automated Driving, reported on the activities of WP.1 including those related to automated vehicles. He informed about the upcoming workshop organized by WP.1 together with National United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l’Aménagement et des Réseaux (IFSTTAR). The representative of Sweden noted that the title of the workshop was broad and wondered about the scope of the workshop. The representative of EU, given the title of the workshop, proposed that the activities of WP.29 on this matter be presented. The representative of the United States of America, confirming their understanding that the governance of vehicle safety shall be addressed by WP.29 and confirmed that his colleagues dealing with traffic would contribute to the workshop. The Chair of WP.29 encouraged the secretariat to contribute to the good cooperation between WP.1 and WP.29.

106. No further proposals for amendments to R.E.3 were submitted under this agenda item.

107. The secretariat presented WP.29-172-20, listing all of the adopted proposals during the 171th WP.29 session and their expected date of entry into force.

108. The World Forum took note of the delays in the consolidation of documents and the human resource constraints.

109. WP.29 noted the follow-up of deliberations on WHO Discussion Paper “Developing voluntary global performance targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms” and the incorporation of comments delivered at this March 2017 session as reproduced in Annex V. WP.29 agreed to transmit the above mentioned text to WHO secretariat.

110. IMMA thanked UNECE secretariat for preparing the draft comments on behalf of WP.29 and informed that IMMA had submitted a response directly to WHO on the Discussion Paper. The representative of OICA informed WP.29 that he would shortly submit a separate OICA contribution to WHO addressing the aspect of vehicle requirements to be made mandatory in the various countries. Therefore, he would have preferred a more coordinated approach towards WHO.

111. Of the 54 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, 40 were represented and established AC.1 for its sixty-sixth session held on 21 June 2017.

112. AC.1 invited the Chair of WP.29 to chair the session.

114. The fiftieth session of the Executive Committee (AC.3) was held on 21 June 2017 and chaired by the representative of Japan. The representatives of 28 of the 36 Contracting Parties to the Agreement attended: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

115. AC.3 noted the information, as of 12 June 2017, on the status of the Agreement, of the Global Registry and of the Compendium of Candidates (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1073/Rev.19), the status of the priorities (based on WP.29-172-03 as reproduced in Annex II to the session report) of the 1998 Agreement and items on which the exchange of views should continue. AC.3 also noted that assistance could be obtained from the secretariat (Mr. E. Gianotti) about the obligations of Contracting Parties in the transposition process. Representatives were also reminded of their obligation to send the mandatory reports on the transposition process through their Permanent Missions in Geneva via the “1998 AGREEMENT-MISSIONS List” electronic system to the secretariat to ensure updating of the status document, which is the monitoring tool of the Agreement.

116. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for a new UN GTR Evaporative emission test procedure for a Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP EVAP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/94, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/95, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was established in the UN Global Registry on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey.

117. The representatives from Canada, Kazakhstan and the United States of America abstained to vote.

118. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendment 2 to the UN GTR No. 1 on Door locks and door retention components (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/96, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/97, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/43) was established in the UN Global Registry on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

119. Submitted for consideration and vote, the proposal for Amendments 2 to UN GTR No. 15 on the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/98, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/99, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/AC.3/44) was established in the UN Global Registry on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, European Union (voting for Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey.

120. The representatives from Canada, Kazakhstan and the United States of America abstained to vote.

121. Submitted for consideration and vote the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 13 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/57) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

122. Submitted for consideration and vote the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 12 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/100) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

123. Submitted for consideration and vote the request made by the United States of America to maintain Listing No. 11 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/101) in the Compendium of Candidates for another period of five years was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

124. Submitted for consideration and vote the note by secretariat that in official documents under the 1998 Agreement the term “UN GTR” may be used (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/102) was adopted on 21 June 2017 by consensus vote of the following Contracting Parties present and voting: Canada, China, the European Union (representing Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, San Marino, South Africa, Turkey and the United States of America.

125. Contracting Parties did not at this time request guidance under this agenda item.

126. The representative of the EU introduced WP.29-172-31, jointly prepared by US, Japan and EU, which aimed at providing an overview of the priority of the programme of work, listing priorities for future work in view of the development of new UN GTRs as well as ongoing work on amendments to the existing ones. The representative of the United States of America stated that at a later stage he would be in the position to provide more detailed comments to the document since he was waiting from his administration a list of priorities focused on national needs. The representative from OICA underlined that clarification was needed as to the scope of a UN GTR on Event Data Recorders (EDR) since EDR should not be confused with data storage for automated vehicles. The representative of China informed AC.3 about their activities on automated and connected vehicles, on development of a national standard on intelligent and connected vehicles (ICV) and to provide further information at the next sessions. She finally announced the availability of her country to participate to future activities focused on the development of UN GTRs on autonomous driving.

127. AC.3 requested chairs of working groups and Contracting Party representatives to provide their feedback on WP.29-172-31 by 15 August 2017, to allow the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at it November 2017 session.

128. As technical sponsor for these activities, the representative of EU explained that the IWG on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) under GRPE was working on the development of amendments to UN GTR No. 2. He informed that progress is slower than initially anticipated, due to the regional differences.

129. On behalf of the representative of Italy, the GRRF secretariat reported on the progress of work of the GRRF on the harmonization of provisions of UN GTR No.3 and UN Regulation 78. There is no informal group for these activities. Italy is carrying out consultations with relevant stakeholders, Contracting Parties and NGOs. Further information will be provided to the World Forum at the 173rd session in November, as GRRF will convene in September 2017.

130. The representative of IMMA thanked the UNECE secretariat for the update and thanked Italy for their continued sponsorship of the UN GTR No. 3. He emphasized the importance for the industry to keep UN GTR No. 3 and UN Regulation No. 78 on motorcycle braking as much as possible harmonised. He also thanked Canada for their support in this work and expressed his expectation that the proposal for amendments to UN GTR No. 3 would be considered at GRRF at the September 2017 session.

131. The representative of the Republic of Korea reported on the progress of work of the IWG on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) in developing an amendment to UN GTR No. 6. He announced that GRSG adopted at its April 2017 session a Corrigendum to UN GTR No. 6 to clarify the scope for consideration by AC.3 at its November 2017 session. He reminded AC.3 about the extended mandate of the IWG until June 2018 to reflect the ongoing research results performed by NHTSA.

132. The representative of the United States of America announced that the draft scope of work is expected to be developed and that the research on sunroof glazing will be initiated by end of this year.

133. The representative of United Kingdom, on behalf of the chair of the IWG on Phase 2 of UN GTR No. 7 on head restraints, mentioned that at the March 2017 session of WP29, it had been acknowledged that the GTR7 IWG had not been able to establish injury criteria directly from post mortem subjects testing but that they had developed some understanding based on empirical data. He added that following that meeting, the expert from the United States of America agreed to explore their capacity to provide further post mortem subjects data. He added that it seems unlikely that the United States of America could complete any related work by the end of 2017. Accordingly, AC.3 at its previous session agreed to extend the time mandate for the IWG to allow it to resolve their work using an empirical approach if the data could not be obtained.

134. The representative of United Kingdom informed AC.3 that the IWG Chair had met with the manufacturer of BioRID who confirmed its willingness to provide additional information to support a BioRID certification requirement and that more detail would be provided before the summer break. He finally informed AC.3 that at the May 2017 session of GRSP, experts were advised of the intention to restart the IWG and, following the intended discussion with the manufacturer, the Chair of the IWG would establish a plan to deliver a proposal to the spring 2018 meeting of GRSP.

135. The representative of the United States of America informed AC.3 that his country was in agreement with GSRP to accept Injury Assessment Reference Values (IARVs) to move Phase 2 forward by incorporating the: (i) flexible pedestrian legform impactor (FlexPLI) and the (ii) new improved bumper test proposed by the Task Force on Bumper Test Area. However, he clarified that the new proposed head-form test, would need further validation and that his country was not in the position to incorporate it in the Phase 2 of the UN GTR.

136. The representative of the Republic of Korea informed AC.3 about the progress of work of the Task Force (TF) to incorporate provisions for active deployable systems in the bonnet area. He added that a face to face meeting was planned in November 2017 and advised a stronger participation of representatives of Contracting Parties.

137. As technical sponsor for this work, the representative of EU reported on the Phase 2 activities carried out by the IWG on WLTP under GRPE. He explained that GRPE adopted at its June 2017 session amendments to UN GTR No. 15 that will be submitted to AC.3 for consideration at its November 2017 session. He gave a first warning that some delay may occur to conclude Phase 2 activities due to the additional time that may be needed by some Task Forces.

138. As technical sponsor for this work, the representative of the Russian Federation informed the World Forum about the upcoming activities related to UN GTR No. 16. The sixteenth session of the IWG took place from the 7-9 June 2017 in Moscow, under the chairmanship of the Russian Federation and with participation of experts from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, India and the representatives of the tyre industry. During discussions on the proposed amendments, the tyre industry identified incompatibilities in some cases regarding the UN Regulations and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) of the United States of America. Therefore, measures were agreed on to address these incompatibilities. He explained that during the IWG session, concerning European and American methods for testing tyres at high speed, the representative of ETRTO stated that there is a need to have additional tests along those lines and that about a year will be required to do this. The representative of ETRTO on that occasion also stated that there is at this moment no need to have compatibility between American and European compatibility tests.

139. The representative of the Russian Federation informed the World Forum that during the session the IWG considered the proposal of Peoples Republic of China and suggested that their representative develop specific amendments to the UN GTR, on the basis of Article 4.2 of the 1998 Agreement. The IWG also agreed to the proposal of India for developing amendments to the UN GTR text, however Japan reserved their position and requested to revert to the matter at the next meeting of the working party.

140. As concerning the global markings for tyres, the representative of the Russian Federation stated that a decision was reached to request statistics from the tyre industry on the quantities of tyres that can be qualified as global tyres. He informed the World Forum that the next meeting of the IWG would take place on the 30-31 October 2017, or 2-3 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. He added that the results of the group would be presented to GRRF at its eighty-fourth session in September. Given the above, he stated that they would ask for advice on postponing remaining deliverables for a year. Depending on the decisions taken by the GRRF, the Russian Federation, as the technical sponsor for the amendments to the GTR, would develop a corresponding proposal for AC.3 for a decision to be taken at its next meeting in November 2017. The representative of the Russian Federation invited delegates to participate in the upcoming meeting in Brussels and to send experts from countries that apply self-certification procedures, the United States and Canada, to ensure that an agreement on the GTR would be reached and harmonized with the standards applied in those areas.

141. The representative of the Russian Federation concluded his presentation of the work of the IWG with thanking all participants for their work and the tyre industry for their support and active participation in the work on amendments to the UN GTR No. 16.

142. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG on EVS, informed AC.3 that GRSP had recommended submission to the November 2017 session of AC.3, of the draft UN GTR WP.29-172-06 and of the final report of the IWG (WP.29-172-05). AC.3 noted the intention of the IWG to continue its activity by already starting the work on Phase 2 until the end of its mandate in December 2017. AC.3 agreed in principle with the request, pending: (a) an official authorization to develop the work of Phase 2 of the UN GTR for submission to the November 2017 session of AC.3, and (b) the Term of Reference of the IWG for the Phase 2 for submission at a later stage. AC.3 noted that this approach would avoid the discontinuation of IWG work activities and deal with the urgent, pending issues from Phase 1 of the UN GTR (WP.29-172-06).

143. The expert from the United States of America, in his capacity of Chair of the IWG on Quiet Road Transport Vehicle GTR (QRTV GTR), recalled his statement at the previous session of AC.3 about the Final Rule on Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. He reported that, following several petitions for reconsideration, the entry into force of the Final Rule had been postponed to 5 November 2017, but without modifying the effective dates of its implementation. He further indicated that IWG QRTV GTR would resume its work early in the next year. AC.3 recalled that it had agreed to extend the mandate of IWG on QRTV GTR until December 2018.

144. The representative of the EU, co-sponsor of the UN GTR on HFCV, informed AC.3 that as a follow-up to the adoption of the authorization to develop Phase 2 of the UN GTR, the IWG already started its activities. He however kindly solicited the participation to the work of the IWG of representatives of Contracting Parties such as China and United States of America. However, AC.3 noted that the contribution of these Contracting Parties, at their request, could be even incorporated as co-sponsors of the development of Phase 2 at a later stage.

145. The representative of the United States of America, Chair of the IWG, informed AC.3 that he had re-opened the activities of the group to finalize the work on the 50th percentile World Side Impact dummy (SID).

146. No subject was raised concerning pole side impact.

147. The representative from Canada provided an update on the latest activities of the IWG on EVE, on behalf of the EVE leadership. He indicated that there had been two meetings of the EVE IWG since the last WP.29 meeting: in Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA), on 10 and 11 April and in Geneva on 7 June 2017.

148. He noted that the IWG on EVE had made significant progress on the three assigned areas of work: determination of electrified vehicle power, electrified vehicle durability and method of stating energy consumption. First, he explained that the group had already begun developing the introductory sections of the UN GTR for power determination of electrified vehicles and the associated technical reports that were expected for delivery at the end of the mandate. He mentioned that the Chair of the drafting team for the power determination UN GTR was Mr. M. Safoutin (United States of America), and that the laboratories that would conduct the validation testing of the procedure (including laboratories in North America, Europe and Asia) had been identified. Second, he explained that the group had conducted preliminary battery life modelling using vehicle activity databases and battery durability literature. Third, he informed AC.3 that the IWG on EVE had contacted the Chair and the secretary of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) to seek their partnership on the project to assess upstream emissions from EVs.

149. He noted the regular interaction between EVE and WLTP IWGs to ensure that work would be complimentary and to avoid duplication of efforts. He mentioned that the IWG on WLTP had also confirmed that the timelines of EVE are acceptable for developing WLTP.

150. WP.29 noted that the IWG on EVE would host a teleconference on 12 September 2017 and would hold a two-day meeting in Vienna on 24 and 25 October 2017, in order to: continue UN GTR development and associated technical reports for power determination of electrified vehicles, continue the exchange of research information and modelling results for electrified vehicle battery durability, and discuss the next steps of the method of stating energy consumption based on the response from Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE).

151. The representative of Spain, on behalf of the Chair of the IWG, informed AC.3 that the IWG had started its activities in a meeting on 24 May 2017 and that a second meeting was planned for 27 June 2017, with the participation of experts of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers (e.g. OICA, CLEPA) and of technical services (e.g. Union technique de l’automobile, du motocycle et du cycle (UTAC)). Representatives of seat manufacturers and of JASIC also participated in this group. He announced that the Chair would report on the outcome of the IWG work at the December 2017 session of GRSP.

152. The representative of OICA introduced WP.29-171-15, Proposal to amend Special Resolution 2 (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2016/65). He stated that OICA, representing the global auto industry, had re-confirmed its strong support for Special Resolution 2 as an important step towards an improved functioning of the 1998 Agreement.

153. He noted that WP.29-171-15 had taken into account comments made at the March 2016 AC.3 session. He added that further work could clarify the concepts of “alternatives”, “modules”, and “options”. He emphasized the position of OICA that such clarification would constitute a further improvement and that it would help in the development of new or amended global technical regulations.

154. The representative of the United States of America pointed out that the system of “alternatives” is not covered by the original text of S.R.2. He further mentioned that the “modules” are used for cases where only parts of the UN GTR would be subject to application by a national authority as it is the case, e.g. in the UN GTR No.16 on tyres with the safety related parts like wet-grip and the environmental related part on rolling-noise.

155. The representative of the European Union did not see the need for the proposed annex to the text of the S.R.2 and recommended to limit the text as much as possible in order not to encourage the further use of “options” in the UN GTRs.

156. AC.3 underlined the importance of the notification system underlined by item 3 © of S.R.2 and the general objective of achieving the maximum level of incorporation of the UN GTRs into domestic legislation. Furthermore, the current use of the notification system by Contracting Parties is not deemed sufficient to provide transparency to all stakeholders on the implementation of the different UN GTRs into domestic legislation.

157. The Chair proposed to keep this item on the agenda for the upcoming meeting in November 2017, possibly based on a revised version of WP.29-171-15.

158. Of the 14 Contracting Parties to the Agreement, seven were represented and established AC.1 for its ninth session held on 21 June 2017.

159. Mr. B. Kisulenko from the Russian Federation was as elected as chair of AC.4.

160. Documents WP.29/2017/90 and WP.29/2017/91 as amended by para. 97 of the session report were adopted by votes of 7 for, 0 against, with no abstentions. Seven of the 14 Contracting Parties to the 1997 Agreement were present.

76. For agenda item 4.10.9, document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2017/80, WP.29 noted that the title of the document shall read: "Proposal for Supplement 20 to Regulation No. 50 (Position, stop, direction indicators lamps for mopeds and motorcycles) ".

Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear | Session 85 | 11 Dec 2017

1. The Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear (GRRF) held its eighty-fifth session on 11 December 2017 in Geneva. The meeting was chaired by the elected Chair of GRRF, Mr. B. Frost (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). Experts from the following countries participated in the work, following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/690/Amend.1 and Amend. 2): Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). An expert from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participated: the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA) and the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA).

2. GRRF considered the agenda prepared for the eighty-fifth session and adopted it (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/26).

3. The informal documents distributed during the session are listed in Annex I of the session report.

4. The secretariat recalled the dates of the next GRRF session that would take place on 12-16 February 2018.

5. The Chair of GRRF recalled the purpose of ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/27 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 with provisions for Automatically Commanded Steering Function (ACSF) of Category C, Emergency Steering Function (ESF) and clarifications to Annex 6. He mentioned that the Informal Working Group (IWG) on ACSF held two meetings and a webex conference since the September 2017 session of GRRF to review this document.

6. The expert from Germany presented (GRRF-85-06 and GRRF-85-07) the outcome of the IWG on the draft provisions applicable for ACSF of Category C (GRRF-85-02). He explained that the IWG resolved the remaining issue on the definition of the point at which, following the beginning of the Lane Change Procedure, the driver’s reaction should be understood. He added that, for this purpose, continuous lateral movement and lane centering provisions were added. He continued his presentation by reporting on the deliberation of the IWG on the definition of the target vehicle used for the sensor performance test proposed in Annex 8, para. 3.5.5. He added that the worst case scenario would be a sensor performance test with a motorcycle of category L3 target coming from the rear of the subject vehicle. He noted that no standard defining a test target L3 vehicle would exist to date and that therefore the IWG agreed on the compromise defined in Annex 8, para. 3.5.5.1. He noted that the definition of the target vehicle should be reviewed at a later stage as some experts had expressed their doubts that a L3 vehicle without fairing and windshield would indeed be the worst case scenario for this sensor performance test. He concluded his presentation with the description of the type approval tests requirements to be included in Annex 8. GRRF agreed that using a motorcycle without fairing and windshield would be appropriate until such times that a uniform target would be agreed.

7. GRRF reviewed in detail GRRF-85-02 and agreed on a number of amendments as reproduced in GRRF-85-02-Rev.1.

8. The expert from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland introduced GRRF-85-01-Rev.1 proposing amendments to Annex 6. The expert from Japan introduced GRRF-85-05 with amendments to GRRF-85-01-Rev.1.

9. GRRF reviewed both documents in detail and agreed on a number of amendments as reproduced in GRRF-85-01-Rev.2.

10. The expert from OICA presented (GRRF-85-08) a proposal for provisions applicable to ESF (GRRF-85-03).

11. GRRF reviewed the latter document in detail and agreed to insert the definition of ESF contained in GRRF-85-02.

12. GRRF adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRRF/2017/27 with the amendments endorsed during this session concerning ACSF of Category C, ESF and Annex 6, as reproduced in Annex II to the session report and requested the secretariat to submit it as draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 to World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) and Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their March 2018 sessions.

13. GRRF noted the necessity to further develop Transitional Provisions applicable to the draft 03 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 79 (see para.12 above). GRRF reviewed the proposal tabled by the expert from OICA (GRRF-85-04), agreed on the necessity of transitional provisions (GRRF-85-04-Rev.1) and requested the Chair and the Secretary to further develop the Transitional Provisions accordingly, also taking into consideration the newly adopted Transitional Provisions applicable to the 02 series of amendments.

14. No discussion took place under this agenda item.