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New ECE Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) published a new ECE Regulation on Blind Spot Information Systems for trucks exceeding 8,000kg.

On the 13th of January 2020, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) officially published the new Regulation “ECE Regulation No. 151” regarding “Blind Spot Information System for the Detection of Bicycles”, which applies to N2 trucks exceeding a gross vehicle weight of 8,000kg and to all N3 vehicles. The regulation requires the system to warn the driver in order to avoid potential collisions with bicycles.

The aim of the new regulation is to push vehicle safety for vulnerable road users like cyclists. After firstly being recognised by the European Commission in 2016 for the inclusion to the General Safety Regulation (EU) 2019/2144, the subject was discussed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) as an amendment to ECE Regulation No. 46. However, a decision was made that the best approach would be to create the completely new ECE Regulation No. 151 on “Blind Spot Information System for the Detection of Bicycles”.

The new regulation requires the installation of a blind spot system into trucks exceeding a gross vehicle weight of 8,000kg and it may be approved for vehicles of M2, M3 and N2 (≤ 8,000kg) categories at the request of the manufacturer. The system needs to be at least operable from 0 to 30km/h in ambient light conditions above 15 Lux when a bicycle is moving between 5 to 20km/h, at a lateral separation of 0.9 to 4.25m. It must inform the driver optically whenever bicycles are close to the vehicle and needs to warn the driver additionally with an optical, acoustic, haptic or combinational warning when a potential collision with a bicycle is detected. Furthermore, it states that a manual deactivation of the system shall only be possible for warnings given in the case of a potential collision or automatically in the case of a system failure or sensor contamination; a manual deactivation in the latter two cases shall not be possible. Test procedures are mentioned in the regulation as well.

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