14. The expert from the Netherlands, Co-Chair of the IWG on VMAD introduced GRVA-04-18; a status report of the group’s activities. He explained that the group had established subgroups, one dealing with traffic scenarios, one dealing with audits, virtual testing and in use data, and another one dealing with test track and real-world testing.
15. GRVA considered the opportunity provided by the activities on Automated Lane Keeping Systems as a timely occasion to test and demonstrate the validity of the New Assessment/Test Methods (NATM) developed by VMAD, given the fact that the IWG on ACSF would develop conventional tests. GRVA confirmed its expectation that the group shall provide in due time the electrical/electronic system Audit provisions for ALKS.
16. The IWG on VMAD requested access to ISO/PAS 21448. This document was kindly provided by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) secretariat.
17. The expert from Japan introduced GRVA-04-36 with a status report on the activities of the group as well as two requests for guidance by GRVA.
(a) GRVA agreed that an ALKS system may perform a lane change as part of a minimum risk manoeuvre. The expert from Japan asked whether the group should develop testing provisions regarding the lane change procedures. GRVA agreed that the group should envisage to develop provisions related to such manoeuvre as part of the current work stream. GRVA agreed that a future supplement could be developed to address this point, if more time would be needed.
(b) GRVA agreed that an ALKS may have the possibility to cross a lane marking in an evasive manoeuvre. GRVA encouraged the group to develop the corresponding provisions within its current timeframe. Otherwise, the IWG on FRAV would have to address this issue.
34. The expert from AVERA presented GRVA-04-53, introducing ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/26, ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/27 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRVA/2019/28. The presentation contained videos, simulations and fleet data supporting the proposals for amendments to UN Regulation No. 79. The presenters referred to a driving demonstration organized by Tesla in conjunction with GRVA to justify their statements. The proposal received some comments. The contracting parties were not opposed to an evolution of the regulatory provisions based on experience, if the assurance of safety is provided. The expert from AVERE presented revised proposals GRVA-04-41 and GRVA-04-42 aimed at addressing comments received. GRVA noted that some parts of the proposals were also addressed by the proposal submitted by the expert from OICA and agreed to review it.
35. GRVA welcomed the proposal from the expert from the United Kingdom, who volunteered to lead activities on the review of the three AVERE proposals as well as the amendment proposal tabled by OICA in GRVA-04-08 with the aim to prepare a formal proposal until November 2019 in order to meet the deadline for submission of documents for the February 2020 session of GRVA.
39. The expert from OICA introduced GRVA-04-33 insisting on the need to develop ALKS provisions for Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVs). GRVA agreed that this work stream should not be delayed. GRVA invited OICA to develop proposals in parallel with the those developed by the IWG on ACSF and to keep them as harmonized as possible.