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Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

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Recent WP.29 Contributions from MLIT

09 Mar
Automated Driving: Japan’s Policy and Contribution to International Activities (WP.29-180-19)
[" To one degree or another, automated driving technologies take over functions previously assured entirely by the driver. At one level, driver assistance systems aid the driver in controlling the vehicle. However, technologies have advanced to the point where automated systems propose to replace the driver in controlling various aspects of vehicle behavior. For example, lane-keeping assistance systems propose to intervene in the steering of the vehicle in order to maintain the vehicle within a lane of travel. At the furthest point in the spectrum, autonomous vehicles propose to assume full responsibility for vehicle behavior without any driver intervention. As a result, such technologies undermine the fundamental assumption that the driver is responsible for the vehicle and thus present the regulatory community with a host of unprecedented opportunities and challenges in ensuring road safety. WP.29 has undertaken to address these issues on a global basis in order to seek uniform worldwide responses that will promote the use of these technologies while ensuring their safe introduction into road traffic. Automated Driving Automated Driving and Autonomous Vehicles WP.29 Regulatory Project Automated Driving and Autonomous Vehicles"]
28 Feb
Japan issuance of world's first IWVTA certification (IWVTA-32-04)
["UN Regulation No. 0 on uniform provisions concerning the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval UN Regulation No. 0 establishes a system for mutual recognition of whole vehicle type approvals within the framework of the 1958 Agreement. This regulation is unique in that it governs how a manufacturer may obtain a single vehicle-level approval representing compliance across multiple UN Regulations. In other words, UN R0 does not prescribe technical provisions for the evaluation of performance as much as it describes how approvals under UN Regulations may be consolidated into a single approval.\r\n\r\nWP.29 adopted the initial regulation (international approval superseding some but not all national/regional requirements) during its November 2017 session. A second phase of work is underway to expand the scope of the regulation. International Whole Vehicle Type Approval International Whole Vehicle Type Approval System (IWVTA) UN Regulation No. 0 UN R0"]
28 Feb
Outline of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA) (IWVTA-32-04/Att.1)
["UN Regulation No. 0 on uniform provisions concerning the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval UN Regulation No. 0 establishes a system for mutual recognition of whole vehicle type approvals within the framework of the 1958 Agreement. This regulation is unique in that it governs how a manufacturer may obtain a single vehicle-level approval representing compliance across multiple UN Regulations. In other words, UN R0 does not prescribe technical provisions for the evaluation of performance as much as it describes how approvals under UN Regulations may be consolidated into a single approval.\r\n\r\nWP.29 adopted the initial regulation (international approval superseding some but not all national/regional requirements) during its November 2017 session. A second phase of work is underway to expand the scope of the regulation. International Whole Vehicle Type Approval International Whole Vehicle Type Approval System (IWVTA) UN Regulation No. 0 UN R0"]