What isUN R155?
UN Regulation No. 155 (UN R155) is a regulatory framework created by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), a working party within the Sustainable Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). WP.29 integrates technological advancements into regulatory frameworks so that safer and environmentally viable vehicles are manufactured moving forward. As part of its work, it implemented UN R155 in January 2021.
UN R155 requires the presence of a cybersecurity management system (CSMS) in vehicles. In a nutshell, a CSMS ensures that cybersecurity practices and measures are adequately applied across the development process and life cycle of vehicles.
What is its impact?
UNECE WP.29’s regulatory frameworks apply to its 54-member countries, including the European Union, the UK, Japan, and South Korea. In addition, certain regions and countries might require manufacturers to comply with UN R155 and other WP.29 regulations before allowing them to enter their markets.
While targeted toward manufacturers, one can see how UN R155 cascades to the rest of the supply chain, as it requires a CSMS from the development, production, and post-production phases of a vehicle.
WP.29’s UN R155 can be taken as a positive step forward as it helps vehicle manufacturers, OEMs, and other stakeholders create a safer connected car ecosystem that leaves room for further development and potential detours.