UN experts in autonomous driving meeting these days in Geneva approved this Wednesday a modification in the regulations to regulate this future transport that extend its maximum speed from 60 kilometers per hour to 130 “under certain conditions”, in principle similar to those of the freeways.
The proposal, for passenger and light cargo vehicles, was adopted today at the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations held in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), according to this report. agency in a statement.
In addition to the increase in the maximum speed, the so-called Regulation 157 includes the authorization for these vehicles to change lanes, and would come into force on January 1, 2023 in the countries that decide to adopt it, UNECE said.
These provisions would only apply to roads that cannot be accessed by pedestrians or cyclists, with physical separation between the two directions, and in autonomous driving systems in which the driver can take control of the vehicle at all times (level autonomous vehicles). 3).
Adopting these regulations would entail obligations for vehicle manufacturers in countries where autonomous driving is allowed in the future, including having a traffic data collection system similar to the “black boxes” of airplanes. (YO)