Autonomous car: global regulations are changing

In the United States, the state of Oklahoma has just ratified, with the support of the US Senate, a bill authorizing the movement of autonomous vehicles on open roads. Since April 29, this state has become the 30th state in the United States to legislate in favor of autonomous vehicles. At the U.S. federal level, a major step forward has also been made with the enactment in March 2022 of a regulation that eliminates the requirement for automated vehicle manufacturers to equip autonomous vehicles with manual driving, that is, steering wheel and pedals. This regulation will take effect in September 2022 once it is officially published in the federal register.

For its part, the United Nations (UN) has taken an important step in this area by amending the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic in order to allow driverless vehicles. Approved on January 14, this amendment will take effect on July 14. Once published in the Official Gazette (no later than September 1, 2022), it will be possible to deploy fully autonomous vehicles that do not require the supervision of a driver.

It is in this context that Europe has validated a bill aimed at the certification of level 4 autonomous vehicles, the publication of which is scheduled for the second half of 2022. This major step is a continuation of the first milestones already in place, such as German and French. legislators who in 2021 provided the world’s first legal frameworks for self-driving in regular service.

These regulatory changes are the logical continuation of the national strategies of many countries, which want to anticipate the more massive arrival of autonomous vehicles, considered unanimously as the next major breakthrough in the mobility market.

“The evolution of the autonomous mobility legislative framework is a key lever for the large-scale deployment of our autonomous shuttles. »

This global trend, which seeks to change regulations in favor of autonomous mobility, will facilitate its large-scale deployment. The Lyon-based manufacturer NAVYA, which actively contributes to the development of international legislation, in particular through its collaboration within the working groups of the European Commission, France and AVIA in the United States (Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association), will be able to accelerate marketing of their autonomous mobility systems within a clear and standardized legal framework.

The evolution of the autonomous mobility legislative framework is a key lever for the large-scale deployment of our autonomous shuttles. says Sophie DESORMIÈRE, CEO of NAVYA. ” The many advances being made in many countries show the growing interest of the public authorities at the highest level in taking the deployment of autonomous mobility further and faster. The experiments carried out, the technological advances, the growing expectations of both the public and private market, have allowed these developments, to which Navya has actively contributed. “.

The year 2022 is therefore a promising step for NAVYA from a regulatory point of view with the publication of numerous legislative texts that allow the approval of autonomous vehicles. Until then, in the absence of adequate texts, the French company was obliged to make requests for systematic exemptions to each ministry in each country in order to obtain authorization to circulate its shuttles on public roads.

A pioneer in automated mobility since 2014, NAVYA was the first manufacturer to launch its autonomous shuttles in several countries, including LYON (Confluence District), working closely with representatives of states interested in autonomous cars. To date, NAVYA has worked with 25 different countries and obtained taxi permits on 5 continents (Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Africa).

With 280 employees in France (Paris and Lyon), the United States (Michigan) and Singapore, NAVYA aims to be the leader in Level 4 autonomous mobility systems for passenger and freight transport.

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