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Autonomous vehicles are allowed 130 km/h by the UN

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In the report published in July, one of the constraints faced by Autonomous Vehicles was the speed limit. It has been now extended from 60 km/h to 130 km/h, i.e. from  37 mph to around 80 mph.

It will come into effect from January 2023.

Well, AVs have been a debatable topic. Now as the rules have been relaxed with the speeds. It shows the acceptance among the common mass as well.

World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle regulations adopted the amendment. “The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is an intergovernmental platform, hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), that creates regulatory frameworks for the performance and safety of vehicles, their subsystems, and parts.” 

The amendment is applied to passenger cars and light-duty vehicles. The permission to automate the lane change has also been allowed by the amendment.

As the report states,

“The Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) developed the amendment and were guided by UNECE’s framework on automated/autonomous vehicles. It builds on the experience countries have gained after the adoption of the UN Regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS), which was the first binding international regulation on Level 3 autonomous vehicles, in June 2020.”

A major thing to notice is the speed limit, as the AVs are claiming to reduce fatal accidents, by limiting the speed and the gradual increase of the speed limit shows the much-needed regulations needed for any road safety. As well as it allows the AV manufacturer to have sufficient time to make their concept 100% perfect without any mishappening.

Well, need to see AVs be on the race track.

Source: The Robot Report 

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