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Monday, 17 December 2018

Hector Fratty and all of us at Driving Vision News send you our friendly wishes for a grand holiday season. This is important for our community of professionals involved in lighting and driver assistance to keep talking, listening, and progressing together. It was our original and primary target and strength to build space—both physical and figurative—to facilitate this type of synergy, to promote innovation, to grow real community, and to help our industries face unprecedented change and challenges in market conditions. It's working, too: sharing our ideas, doubts, and visions on how to excel is bringing real results, so furthering these kinds of coöperation will continue as the main ambition of Driving Vision News as we bring you reports, weekly newsletters, and workshops during this new coming year.

After our two very successful 2018 DVN workshops in Munich and Tokyo and our lidar conference in Frankfurt, all with high-level participation, we are now busily preparing our 2019 US and China Workshops which will take place respectively on 15-16 January and 24-25 April. That US Workshop is coming up soon; you'll want to register if you haven't yet done so.

In the meantime, things are happening in the US with regard to ADB. The public-comment period has closed, so this week we bring you an in-depth look at the comments filed by major stakeholders. They bring a solid basis for hope of a good result, but it's in NHTSA's hands now.

All our best wishes again for restful, festive holidays.

Sincerely yours

DVN President


In depth...

USA ADB: Will NHTSA Grant the Choir's Prayers? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 December 2018

from Daniel Stern, DVN

Time's up! Last Tuesday, 11 December, was the official end of the public comment period for NHTSA's NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) regarding ADB. In weeks past, we've scrutinised and analysed the proposal as well as some of the general public's replies while we waited for automakers, suppliers, industry associations, and safety outfits to weigh in. The timeframe has been very compressed given the scope and magnitude of the contemplated changes; substantive responses from stakeholders had to be crafted and drafted with great deliberation in a very big hurry, and even so, most of them were submitted and posted to the docket on the last possible day.

In perusing major players' comments, straight away we notice something very encouraging: the high level of consensus among them. Consensus, we say, and not unanimity; each of the respondents gave their own unique voice to their own particular perspectives and concerns. That's probably to the good; it shows that this feedback to NHTSA is the product of thought and effort, not merely a flurry of reflexive me-tooing—which is also available in the docket, serving as an effective backdrop against which the substantive consensus looks even better, thanks to alarmed owners of movie theatres. Drive-in cinemas, specifically, which are reportedly increasing in popularity lately in accord with retro-trends. The owner of such a drive-in got word of the proposal to allow ADB, thoroughly misunderstood it as a proposal to take away any driver control and have all the car's lights permanently lit, wrote in begging NHTSA not to ruin his business, and set about very effectively instigating a letter-writing campaign amongst his fellows, as it seems. Perhaps it goes to emphasise the need for effective consumer education about what ADB is (and what it is not).

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