Driver drowsiness and attention warning systems
A couple of months ago (Link) we informed about a draft Commission Delegated Regulation on Driver drowsiness and attention warning systems. Now, the final version was published.
The regulation entered into force as Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1341. It supplements the General Safety Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 which prescribed the installation of Driver drowsiness and attention warning (DDAW) systems from 6 July 2022 for new types of vehicles and from 7 July 2024 for all new vehicles.
The new Delegated Regulation specifies the technical and performance requirements for DDAW systems as well as criteria for the validation testing which must be undertaken by vehicle manufacturers to demonstrate the compliance with defined minimum performance thresholds.
It provides a reference scale to be used by manufacturers and technical services to measure driver drowsiness. Manufacturers may choose, however, to use alternative measurement methods, in which case the process must be duly documented and equivalence to the reference scale set out in the Regulation has to be provided.
To find out more about the Delegated Regulation and the European requirements for vehicles, do not hesitate to contact our EFS Product Compliance Team.