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Considerations on the categorization of automated vehicles
Document GRVA-16-13
16 May 2023
Submitted by OICA
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40. The expert from OICA introduced GRVA-16-13, proposing new vehicle subcategories aimed at characterizing the variety of ADS equipped vehicles for the purpose of vehicle regulations.

41. The expert received clarifying questions and comments. The expert from France stated that GRVA must identify the actual need before setting up subcategories and raised concerns about the complexity of the proposed subcategories. The expert from the United Stated of America recommended that OICA should consider not only the consolidated resolution R.E.3 but also the special resolution S.R.1. The expert from AAPC noted that the terms used by OICA were not always consistent with the definitions drafted by the IWG on FRAV. The expert from the Netherlands proposed to harmonize the wording with existing provisions such as those in Regulation (EU) 2022/1426. The expert from Canada advised to consult WP.1 on this issue.

42. The expert from OICA explained that they would also consider S.R.1 and would present their ideas to the Working Party on General Safety provisions (GRSG) after having received the comments by GRVA. He proposed to develop a Questions and Answers document to be presented later in the course of the session’s week. He also proposed to organize a joint workshop between GRVA and GRSG.

43. On the last day, the expert from OICA presented GRVA-16-47 with the answers to the questions received on their proposal for new vehicle subcategories for ADS equipped vehicles. Many stakeholders welcomed the proposal as it only included subcategories to existing categories. Some pointed out the complexity of the proposal due to the many subcategories suggested. GRVA requested the secretariat to distribute GRVA-16-47 with an official symbol at the September 2023 session.

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