Recommendation on Software Updates
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Proposal from the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-The-Air Software Update Issues for recommendations on requirements for the certification of software updates and processes to ensure their safe execution, including proposals for a new UN Regulation on uniform provisions concerning the approval of software updates processes and for the establishment of software identification numbers (RXSWIN).

Reference Number: GRVA/2019/3
Date: 19 November 2018
Proposal Status: Formal GR review
Related Documents:
GRVA-02-18 | Proposal for amendments to GRVA/2019/2 and GRVA/2019/3
GRVA-02-38 | Software updates: Comments on document GRVA/2019/3
GRVA-03-15 | Software Updates: EC comments on the draft regulation
GRVA-04-21 | Software Updates: Proposal for amendments to document GRVA/2019/3
GRVA-04-25 | Cybersecurity/Software Updates: Proposal to amend GRVA/2019/2 and GRVA/2019/3
GRVA-05-17 | Cybersecurity and Software updates: Proposals for amendments to the draft UN Regulations
TFCS-16-05 | Software Updates: Proposal to amend the draft regulation
TFCS-16-23 | Comments on the draft software update processes resolution/regulation
Working Party on Automated and Connected Vehicles | Session 2 | 28 Jan-1 Feb 2019

17. Due to lack of time, GRVA did not consider ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/13, describing the principles of the “Three-Pillar Approach”, proposed by the experts from OICA (see GRVA-02-09 and GRVA-02-27).

27. GRVA noted that the presentation of GRVA-02-03 also introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/3, that the proposal for a test phase would also apply to the software updates work stream. The expert from Japan also supported the document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/3. He indicated Japan’s support for the earliest adoption (during this session), since the issue was important and a UN Regulation was needed for the improvement of vehicle safety.

28. The expert from EC provided comments on the proposal (GRVA-02-37).

29. The expert from IMMA presented GRVA-02-18, proposing to exclude vehicles of Category L from the scope of the document.

30. The expert from ITU stated that regulating communication would require specific expertise and that the precedent at the Working Party on General Safety provisions with the UN Regulation No. 144 (Accident Emergency Call Systems) ignored communication aspects and durability provisions. He raised the question whether a vehicle equipped with safety systems based on communication would still be roadworthy in case the communication would no longer function e.g. when the communication system would be obsolete. GRVA agreed that the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over-the-Air Software Updates was a good example demonstrating that WP.29 was able to attract the required experts with the right expertise and to make very quick progress on such strategic issues. GRVA agreed about the need to discuss the roadworthiness of vehicles in case of the vehicle communication unit obsolescence would impact the well performing of safety systems.

31. GRVA agreed to keep ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/3 and GRVA-01-18 on the agenda of the next GRVA session.