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Thursday, 17 August 2017 (Week 33)
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United Nations Agreement | 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic

Remarks

The 1968 Vienna Convention covers road traffic safety regulations and as such establishes principles to govern traffic laws. One of the fundamental prinicples of the Convention has been the concept that a driver is always fully in control and responsible for the behavior of a vehicle in traffic.

With the advent of automatic systems to direct the behavior of various vehicle systems such as lighting, but increasingly towards collision avoidance, this basic principle is no longer completely in concert with advanced vehicle technologies.

Consequently, WP.29 has engaged in discussions with Working Party 1, which is responsible for the Convention, to address inconsistencies between the Convention and WP.29 regulations.

1949 Convention on Road Traffic (2006) 1 Jan 2006 pdf
1968 Convention on Road Traffic (2006) 1 Jan 2006 pdf
Consolidated Resolution on Road Traffic (2009) 14 Aug 2009 pdf

Related Groups

GR Oversight: World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29)
19 Sep 2017 Working Party on Brakes and Running Gear | Session 84 | 19-22 Sep 2017 GRRF | Session 84 | 19-22 Sep 2017
24 Oct 2017 Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 78 | 24-27 Oct 2017 GRE | Session 78 | 24-27 Oct 2017
14 Mar ["Convention on Road Traffic The 1968 Vienna Convention covers road traffic safety regulations and as such establishes principles to govern traffic laws. One of the fundamental prinicples of the Convention has been the concept that a driver is always fully in control and responsible for the behavior of a vehicle in traffic.\r\n\r\nWith the advent of automatic systems to direct the behavior of various vehicle systems such as lighting, but increasingly towards collision avoidance, this basic principle is no longer completely in concert with advanced vehicle technologies.\r\n\r\nConsequently, WP.29 has engaged in discussions with Working Party 1, which is responsible for the Convention, to address inconsistencies between the Convention and WP.29 regulations. 1968 Vienna Convention 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic United Nations Agreement 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic", " 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", "Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of Vehicles with regard to Steering Equipment Steering Equipment Steering Equipment UN Regulation No. 79 UN R79"]