TUV Rheinland paves the way for mirrorless cars

-TUV Rheinland Japan becomes the first company in TUV Rheinland Group to help win component approval for an automobile onboard camera-monitor system under amended UN-R46 04 regulations

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TUV Rheinland has helped one of its customers win component approval for an onboard camera-monitor system (Class I*) under the amended UN UN-R46 04 regulations that took effect on June 18, 2016. The changes, which allow a camera-monitor system to provide a rear field of view to driver, in place of the conventional door mounted and interior rear-view mirrors, make it possible for auto makers to produce safe and sleek-looking mirrorless cars.

Nearly a year ago (July 2016), TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd. became the first third-party organization in the country to offer testing and certification services for onboard camera-monitor systems based on the revised UN regulations. Manufacturers are required to acquire certification before they can market their onboard camera-monitor systems on the international market.

The certification process requires manufacturers to demonstrate that their products meet the relevant standards in the country where they are to be marketed. TUV Rheinland helps them to acquire certification from the approval authorities in the countries or regions the customer chooses.

TUV Rheinland also offers a confirmation testing during the design and product development and design stages, helping to guide customers during each phase before the product faces approval testing. This allows manufacturers to identify any gaps between the UN-R46 requirements and the product’s actual functions, making it possible to avoid extensive design rework and reduce the overall cost of bringing a product to market.

From type approval to certification

TUV Rheinland holds accreditation from a variety of authorities, such as KBA in Germany, SNCH in Luxembourg, RDW in the Netherlands, and NSAI in Ireland. This allows the organization to support customers applying for vehicle and component approval, by providing all the tests and technical evaluations required by the UN-R46 regulations.

The range of services includes:

  • Development testing
  • UN-R46-based testing
  • Technical support regarding conformity to applicable laws
  • Component approval
  • Vehicle approval

About TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 145 years ago. The group employs 19,700 people around the globe. Annual revenue is more than EUR1.9 billion. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all industrial sectors and areas of life. TUV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, and oversees projects, processes and information security for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, the company operates a global network of approved labs and testing and education centers. Since 2006, TUV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. Website: www.tuv.com