Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Nauto, Inc., 64220-64222 [2020-22361]

Download as PDF 64220 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Notices civilian commercial learner’s permit (CLP); Æ Training directed at the driver responsibilities and Government liability; Æ Awareness of State, local, host nation, and post traffic regulations and laws; Æ Equipment inspection and maintenance; Æ Accident reporting procedures; Æ Vehicle inspection; preventive maintenance checks and services; Æ Crash avoidance; Æ Environmental considerations; Æ Night driving; Æ Response to emergency situations; vehicle malfunctions; and Æ Route planning. • Road Training: Æ Vehicle characteristics; Æ Parking and backing; Æ Operating systems; Æ Basic control tasks; Æ Road conditions; Æ Size and weight; Æ Negotiating traffic; Æ Yielding right of way; Æ Intersections; Æ Turns; Æ Following distance; Æ Negotiating curves; Æ Adverse weather; Æ Skids; and Æ Speed. To obtain an MOS credential, both for the MOS currently eligible for the Agency’s pilot program, and for the additional MOS proposed in this notice, each driver must pass the driver skills test, which includes the following components: • Forward stop; • Straight line backing; • Alley dock parking; • Eight left and eight right turns; • A straight section of urban business streets; • Two through intersections; • Two railway crossings; • Two curves, one to the left and one to the right; • A two-lane rural or semi-rural road; • Expressway driving, including lane changes and higher speeds; and • Gear shifting for: Æ Downgrade; Æ upgrade; Æ downgrade for stopping; Æ upgrade for stopping; Æ underpass or low clearance, and Æ one bridge. The training requirements for the nine new proposed MOS are equivalent to those required for the original seven MOS approved for the pilot program. As such, FMCSA believes that the safety of the pilot program will not be adversely VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 affected by inclusion of these additional MOS in the program. These additional MOS are being included at the recommendation of the Army and Marine Corps to provide additional service members with the opportunity to transition to commercial driving jobs. These additional MOS were not included previously because FMCSA was not aware that these classifications received heavy-vehicle training and recurrent training equivalent to the training the original MOS receive. By increasing the MOS, FMCSA anticipates there will be an additional 30,000 drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 who are eligible to participate in the Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program. V. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520) prohibits agencies from conducting information collection (IC) activities until they analyze the need for the collection of information and how the collected data would be managed. Agencies must also analyze whether technology could be used to reduce the burden imposed on those providing the data. The Agency must estimate the time burden required to respond to the IC requirements, such as the time required to complete a particular form. The Agency submitted its IC analysis and burden estimate to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a formal information collection request (ICR) for this pilot program and received approval on April 23, 2019. The ICR expires on April 30, 2022, and can be found under OMB Control Number 2126–0068. VI. Removal From the Program FMCSA reserves the right to remove any motor carrier or driver from the pilot program for reasons including, but not limited to, failing to meet any of the requirements of the program. VII. Request for Public Comments FMCSA requests comments on the need for, and the advisability of, including the additional MOS listed above in the pilot program. Because the questions asked in the 2016 Federal Register notice were addressed in the 2018 notice, we are not seeking responses on those issues. [FR Doc. 2020–22401 Filed 10–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2020–0106] Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From Nauto, Inc. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of final disposition. AGENCY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its decision to grant the Nauto, Inc. (Nauto) application for a limited 5-year exemption to allow its multi-sensor device to be mounted lower in the windshield on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) than is currently permitted. The Agency has determined that lower placement of the multi-sensor device would not have an adverse impact on safety and that adherence to the terms and conditions of the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety provided by the regulation. SUMMARY: This exemption is applicable October 9, 2020 and ending October 9, 2025. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jose´ R. Cestero, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety, MC–PSV, (202) 366–5541, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments submitted to notice requesting public comments on the exemption application, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 366–9317 or (202) 366– 9826 before visiting Docket Operations. The online Federal document management system is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. The docket number is listed at the beginning of this notice. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Background James W. Deck, Deputy Administrator. PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Sfmt 4703 FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Notices FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request. The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)). Nauto’s Application for Exemption Nauto applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow its multisensor device to be mounted lower in the windshield than is currently permitted by the Agency’s regulations to allow optimal functionality of the multisensor device. A copy of the application is included in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice. Section 393.60(e)(1)(i) of the FMCSRs prohibits obstruction of the driver’s field of view by devices mounted at the top of the windshield. Antennas and similar devices must not be mounted more than 152 mm (6 inches) below the upper edge of the windshield, and must be outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. However, § 393.60(e)(1)(i) does not apply to vehicle safety technologies, as defined in § 393.5, that include ‘‘a fleetrelated incident management system, performance or behavior management system, speed management system, forward collision warning or mitigation system, active cruise control system, and transponder.’’ Section 393.60(e)(1)(ii) requires devices with vehicle safety technologies to be mounted (1) not more than 100 mm (4 inches) below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, or (2) not more than 175 mm (7 inches) above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, and (3) outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Oct 08, 2020 Jkt 253001 In its application, Nauto states that its technology uses a real-time, AI-powered Driver Behavior Learning Platform that utilizes a sophisticated road- and driverfacing, multi-sensor device equipped with interior and exterior image sensors on the windshield that continuously analyze driving activities. Nauto states that the interior image sensors identify and analyze driver actions and objects to detect distracted, drowsy, and risky driving, while the exterior image sensors detect threats such as vehicles ahead. In addition to the visual risks detected through AI on the image sensors, Nauto fuses all sensor data, including vehicle speed, location, and telemetry data, to build a complete, realtime risk assessment and predict risky events in context. Nauto states that its technology helps predict, prevent and reduce distracted/risky driving, alerts drivers in real time, and allows for ondemand coaching of drivers. The technology also allows for the monitoring of fleets and drivers, which assists companies in identifying safety problems that can inform safety programs and policies. Nauto states that its technology ‘‘cannot function properly unless the device is mounted on a windshield at a location that allows the multiple sensors to have sufficient viewing angles to both the driver and exterior environment surrounding the vehicle and to ensure visibility of sensors to the roadway ahead the sensor placement must be within the area swept by the windshield wipers.’’ While the FMCSRs permit vehicle safety technologies to be placed within the swept area of the windshield under specified conditions, Nauto states that in some vehicles, its multi-sensor device must be placed lower than permitted by the regulation. Specifically, Nauto notes that its device is: . . . typically placed in the top of the center of the vehicle’s windshield. When possible, the device is located just below the vehicle’s headliner, outside of the driver’s field of vision. Sometimes such a placement is not possible, and the device is placed on either side of the mirror, no more than four inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers. But in some vehicles, the device must be placed more than four inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers . . . The device’s placement is never within the driver’s sight lines to the road and to highway signs and signals, and would not impair a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. In the largest vehicles, the device may be placed up to eight inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the wipers, but in no event in a location that could impair a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle. PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64221 Without the proposed exemption, Nauto states that it will not be able to deploy its multi-sensor device in a manner that would provide the range of benefits achievable with the technology because for the device to fully function, placement must be, in some cases, outside of the mounting area allowed by the FMCSRs. The exemption would apply to all CMVs equipped with Nauto’s multi-sensor device mounted on the windshield. Nauto believes that mounting the system as described will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption. Comments FMCSA published a notice of the application in the Federal Register on April 2, 2020, and asked for public comment (85 FR 18632). The Agency received no comments on the exemption application. FMCSA Decision FMCSA has evaluated the Nauto exemption application. In certain vehicles, the multi-sensor device must be located up to 8 inches below the top of the area swept by the windshield wipers. The device needs to be mounted in this location to ensure that the multiple sensors have sufficient viewing angles to both the driver and exterior environment surrounding the vehicle, and to ensure the clear visibility of the sensors to the roadway ahead. The Agency believes that granting the exemption to allow placement of the multi-sensor device lower than currently permitted by Agency regulations will likely provide a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption because (1) based on the technical information available, there is no indication that the multi-sensor device would obstruct drivers’ views of the roadway, highway signs and surrounding traffic; (2) generally, trucks and buses have an elevated seating position that greatly improves the forward visual field of the driver, and any impairment of available sight lines would be minimal; and (3) the mounting location 8 inches below the upper edge of the windshield and out of the driver’s normal sightline will be reasonable and enforceable at roadside. In addition, the Agency believes that the use of the multi-sensor device by fleets is likely to improve the overall level of safety to the motoring public. This action is consistent with previous Agency action permitting the placement of similarly-sized devices on E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1 64222 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 197 / Friday, October 9, 2020 / Notices adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in intrastate commerce. CMVs outside the driver’s sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. FMCSA is not aware of any evidence showing that the installation of other vehicle safety technologies mounted on the interior of the windshield has resulted in any degradation in safety. James W. Deck, Deputy Administrator. Terms and Conditions for the Exemption DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION The Agency hereby grants the exemption for a 5-year period, beginning October 9, 2020 and ending October 9, 2025. During the temporary exemption period, motor carriers will be allowed to operate CMVs equipped with Nauto’s multi-sensor device in the approximate center of the top of the windshield and such that the bottom edge of the multi-sensor device housing is approximately 8 inches below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, outside of the driver’s and passenger’s normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway signs and signals, and all mirrors. The exemption will be valid for 5 years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be rescinded if: (1) Motor carriers and/or commercial motor vehicles fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b). Interested parties possessing information that would demonstrate that motor carriers operating CMVs equipped with Nauto’s multi-sensor device are not achieving the requisite statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any such information and, if safety is being compromised or if the continuation of the exemption is not consistent with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption. Preemption In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

[Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0106]


Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application 
for an Exemption From Nauto, Inc.

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of final disposition.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 
announces its decision to grant the Nauto, Inc. (Nauto) application for 
a limited 5-year exemption to allow its multi-sensor device to be 
mounted lower in the windshield on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) than 
is currently permitted. The Agency has determined that lower placement 
of the multi-sensor device would not have an adverse impact on safety 
and that adherence to the terms and conditions of the exemption would 
likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the 
level of safety provided by the regulation.

DATES: This exemption is applicable October 9, 2020 and ending October 
9, 2025.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jos[eacute] R. Cestero, Vehicle 
and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and 
Vehicle Safety, MC-PSV, (202) 366-5541, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments submitted to notice requesting public comments on the 
exemption application, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit 
Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. To be sure someone is there to 
help you, please call (202) 366-9317 or (202) 366-9826 before visiting 
Docket Operations. The online Federal document management system is 
available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. The docket number is 
listed at the beginning of this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant 
exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Regulations (FMCSRs).

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FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal 
Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an 
opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, 
including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must 
also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request.
    The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, 
and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a 
level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be 
achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of 
the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 
381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application 
and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving 
the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is 
granted. The notice must also specify the effective period (up to 5 
years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The 
exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).

Nauto's Application for Exemption

    Nauto applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow 
its multi-sensor device to be mounted lower in the windshield than is 
currently permitted by the Agency's regulations to allow optimal 
functionality of the multi-sensor device. A copy of the application is 
included in the docket referenced at the beginning of this notice.
    Section 393.60(e)(1)(i) of the FMCSRs prohibits obstruction of the 
driver's field of view by devices mounted at the top of the windshield. 
Antennas and similar devices must not be mounted more than 152 mm (6 
inches) below the upper edge of the windshield, and must be outside the 
driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. 
However, Sec.  393.60(e)(1)(i) does not apply to vehicle safety 
technologies, as defined in Sec.  393.5, that include ``a fleet-related 
incident management system, performance or behavior management system, 
speed management system, forward collision warning or mitigation 
system, active cruise control system, and transponder.'' Section 
393.60(e)(1)(ii) requires devices with vehicle safety technologies to 
be mounted (1) not more than 100 mm (4 inches) below the upper edge of 
the area swept by the windshield wipers, or (2) not more than 175 mm (7 
inches) above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield 
wipers, and (3) outside the driver's sight lines to the road and 
highway signs and signals.
    In its application, Nauto states that its technology uses a real-
time, AI-powered Driver Behavior Learning Platform that utilizes a 
sophisticated road- and driver-facing, multi-sensor device equipped 
with interior and exterior image sensors on the windshield that 
continuously analyze driving activities. Nauto states that the interior 
image sensors identify and analyze driver actions and objects to detect 
distracted, drowsy, and risky driving, while the exterior image sensors 
detect threats such as vehicles ahead. In addition to the visual risks 
detected through AI on the image sensors, Nauto fuses all sensor data, 
including vehicle speed, location, and telemetry data, to build a 
complete, real-time risk assessment and predict risky events in 
context. Nauto states that its technology helps predict, prevent and 
reduce distracted/risky driving, alerts drivers in real time, and 
allows for on-demand coaching of drivers. The technology also allows 
for the monitoring of fleets and drivers, which assists companies in 
identifying safety problems that can inform safety programs and 
policies.
    Nauto states that its technology ``cannot function properly unless 
the device is mounted on a windshield at a location that allows the 
multiple sensors to have sufficient viewing angles to both the driver 
and exterior environment surrounding the vehicle and to ensure 
visibility of sensors to the roadway ahead the sensor placement must be 
within the area swept by the windshield wipers.'' While the FMCSRs 
permit vehicle safety technologies to be placed within the swept area 
of the windshield under specified conditions, Nauto states that in some 
vehicles, its multi-sensor device must be placed lower than permitted 
by the regulation. Specifically, Nauto notes that its device is:

. . . typically placed in the top of the center of the vehicle's 
windshield. When possible, the device is located just below the 
vehicle's headliner, outside of the driver's field of vision. 
Sometimes such a placement is not possible, and the device is placed 
on either side of the mirror, no more than four inches below the 
upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers. But in some 
vehicles, the device must be placed more than four inches below the 
upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers . . . The 
device's placement is never within the driver's sight lines to the 
road and to highway signs and signals, and would not impair a 
driver's ability to safely operate the vehicle. In the largest 
vehicles, the device may be placed up to eight inches below the 
upper edge of the area swept by the wipers, but in no event in a 
location that could impair a driver's ability to safely operate the 
vehicle.

    Without the proposed exemption, Nauto states that it will not be 
able to deploy its multi-sensor device in a manner that would provide 
the range of benefits achievable with the technology because for the 
device to fully function, placement must be, in some cases, outside of 
the mounting area allowed by the FMCSRs. The exemption would apply to 
all CMVs equipped with Nauto's multi-sensor device mounted on the 
windshield. Nauto believes that mounting the system as described will 
maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the 
level of safety achieved without the exemption.

Comments

    FMCSA published a notice of the application in the Federal Register 
on April 2, 2020, and asked for public comment (85 FR 18632).
    The Agency received no comments on the exemption application.

FMCSA Decision

    FMCSA has evaluated the Nauto exemption application. In certain 
vehicles, the multi-sensor device must be located up to 8 inches below 
the top of the area swept by the windshield wipers. The device needs to 
be mounted in this location to ensure that the multiple sensors have 
sufficient viewing angles to both the driver and exterior environment 
surrounding the vehicle, and to ensure the clear visibility of the 
sensors to the roadway ahead. The Agency believes that granting the 
exemption to allow placement of the multi-sensor device lower than 
currently permitted by Agency regulations will likely provide a level 
of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety 
achieved without the exemption because (1) based on the technical 
information available, there is no indication that the multi-sensor 
device would obstruct drivers' views of the roadway, highway signs and 
surrounding traffic; (2) generally, trucks and buses have an elevated 
seating position that greatly improves the forward visual field of the 
driver, and any impairment of available sight lines would be minimal; 
and (3) the mounting location 8 inches below the upper edge of the 
windshield and out of the driver's normal sightline will be reasonable 
and enforceable at roadside. In addition, the Agency believes that the 
use of the multi-sensor device by fleets is likely to improve the 
overall level of safety to the motoring public.
    This action is consistent with previous Agency action permitting 
the placement of similarly-sized devices on

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CMVs outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and 
signals. FMCSA is not aware of any evidence showing that the 
installation of other vehicle safety technologies mounted on the 
interior of the windshield has resulted in any degradation in safety.

Terms and Conditions for the Exemption

    The Agency hereby grants the exemption for a 5-year period, 
beginning October 9, 2020 and ending October 9, 2025. During the 
temporary exemption period, motor carriers will be allowed to operate 
CMVs equipped with Nauto's multi-sensor device in the approximate 
center of the top of the windshield and such that the bottom edge of 
the multi-sensor device housing is approximately 8 inches below the 
upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers, outside of the 
driver's and passenger's normal sight lines to the road ahead, highway 
signs and signals, and all mirrors. The exemption will be valid for 5 
years unless rescinded earlier by FMCSA. The exemption will be 
rescinded if: (1) Motor carriers and/or commercial motor vehicles fail 
to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemption; (2) the 
exemption has resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained 
before it was granted; or (3) continuation of the exemption would not 
be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 
31315(b).
    Interested parties possessing information that would demonstrate 
that motor carriers operating CMVs equipped with Nauto's multi-sensor 
device are not achieving the requisite statutory level of safety should 
immediately notify FMCSA. The Agency will evaluate any such information 
and, if safety is being compromised or if the continuation of the 
exemption is not consistent with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b), will 
take immediate steps to revoke the exemption.

Preemption

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), as implemented by 49 CFR 
381.600, during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall 
enforce any law or regulation applicable to interstate commerce that 
conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a 
firm or person operating under the exemption. States may, but are not 
required to, adopt the same exemption with respect to operations in 
intrastate commerce.

James W. Deck,
Deputy Administrator.
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