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Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving

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The United Nations announced that 53 countries have agreed on common regulations for autonomous vehicles.

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The United Nations announced that 53 countries have agreed on common automated driving regulations, including Japan and all EU member states.

The U.N. Economic Commission for Europe World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations adopted binding rules on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS), which come into effect next January.

The rules concern Level-3 vehicle automation, in which drivers are idle when automated systems are engaged but can intervene at any time and must assume control at the system's request.

The regulations set up strict requirements for ALKS, which can operate vehicles when drivers are behind the wheel with their seatbelt on; vehicles must have a Data Storage System for Automated Driving to record when ALKS is activated.

Automakers also must include Driver Availability Recognition Systems, which monitor the driver's capability to retake vehicle control, while ALKS must adhere to cybersecurity and software update mandates.

From The Japan Times
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