Session 178 | Geneva | 24-28 Jun 2019
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Agenda Item 2.3.
Intelligent Transport Systems and coordination of automated vehicles related activities

25. The representative of Japan introduced, on behalf of China, European Union, Japan and the United States of America, WP.29-178-10/Rev.2 containing amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/34 – Framework Document on Automated/autonomous Vehicles. He explained that the amendments included editorial amendments as well as a restructured Table 1 containing details on (i) current activities, (ii) expected future activities and (iii) references to the key safety principles mentioned in the document.

26. The representative of the Republic of Korea introduced WP.29-178-19, proposing additional amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/34. The representative of Sweden proposed to insert into Table 1 considerations related to para. 4 (j) regarding vehicle inspection. The representative of CITA supported the position of the representative of Sweden.

27. WP.29 adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/34 as amended by WP.29-178-10/Rev.2 and requested the secretariat to issue it as a reference document with the symbol ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2019/34/Rev.1.

28. The expert from China introduced WP.29-178-27, containing detailed information on the Chinese mandatory standard on Event Data Recorders (EDR) was being finalized. He stated China is willing to submit its national standard on EDR to the Compendium of Candidate for UN GTRs when it is officially released. WP.29 welcomed the willingness of China to share its experience with WP.29 on this matter.

29. The Chair of GRVA informed WP.29 on the outcome of the third session of GRVA: reviewing the framework document and drafting ToR for IWG on EDR/DSSAD, on FRAV and on VMAD.

30. On behalf of CLEPA and OICA, the representative of CLEPA introduced WP.29-178-30 and WP.29-178-31 expressing their concerns on the draft ToR of IWG on VMAD.

31. WP.29 adopted the ToR for the three groups, as reproduced in Annexes V, VI and VII of this report.

32. On behalf of Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, the representative of the United Kingdom introduced WP.29-178-28, containing the revised ToR for IWG on ITS.

33. In response to a question of the secretariat, WP.29 confirmed that ToR were not meant to restrict or provide guidance on the communication and reporting work of the WP.29 secretariat with ECE bodies or other stakeholders.

34. WP.29 was grateful that the ECE secretariat would undertake the secretariat for IWG on ITS, given the meeting frequency and location, and adopted the ToR.

35. The expert from France introduced TRANSPOLIS (WP.29-178-11), a proving ground providing services for engineering, simulation and testing of the safety and data protection of automated and connected vehicles (including heavy duty vehicles). He introduced the facilities that are available on the proving ground and shared findings of his organization related to the need to establish a list of critical scenarios for the evaluation of automated vehicles though both simulation and physical testing in a safe and controlled environment. He also shared with the audience the view that connectivity, commonly referred to as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure, might have to be based on a necessary mix of technology to make automated and connected systems mores accurate and safer.

36. The representative of United Kingdom recalled the challenge of assuring the safety of these new vehicles as well as the ideas proposed by the industry (multi-pillar approach) and IWG on VMAD. He mentioned several activities related to scenario databases around the world and highlighted that industry were developing their own databases for research and product development purposes. He proposed that WP29 should consider the need for a separate independent database for regulators with the direct oversight of the contracting parties and the ECE. An expert from the United Kingdom introduced WP.29-178-29 which presents their work on a Multi-User Scenario Catalogue for Connected and automated vehicles (MUSICC). He explained what was to be understood as a scenario and presented the vision proposed by United Kingdom: a scenario-based certification process, and proposed that the scenario catalogue would be stored at ECE, for the purpose of simulated tests, physical tests and other processes leading to the certification of a vehicle. He raised the question whether this vision was shared.

37. The representative of France supported the proposal made by the representative of United Kingdom. He welcomed the effort made to develop a common language for descripting and parametrizing scenarios that could be classified according to their criticality. He mentioned WP.29-178-20, prepared by the representative of OICA, providing information on a number of activities in various countries and encouraged them to continue this compilation work.

38. The representative of Japan, Co-Chair of the IWG on VMAD, confirmed that this vision is shared by WP.29 because the framework document adopted at this session of WP.29 included it and allocated it to VMAD IWG. He recalled the current IWG activities and invited the experts of MUSICC to contribute to IWG on VMAD.

39. The representative of Germany expressed interest in this matter and agreed to investigate. He recalled that establishing a database was difficult and that such activities could build on the electronic database for the exchange of type approval documentation (DETA) to be hosted at ECE.