Digital Vehicle Handover recommendation published

Digital Vehicle Handover recommendation published

ECG — 2022-10-03

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Last year ECG initiated a project called Digital Vehicle Handover (DVH) with the objective of making sure that the available technical solutions on the market are interoperable and also integrate the results of manual inspections. The recommendation the group has been editing is now published on the ECG website!

The group examined the development of Artificial Intelligence in these solutions. It became apparent that this aspect of the technology is still a long way from reaching an acceptable level of accuracy in the supply chain. Therefore, the group dedicated its time to the discussions to the solutions that propose a condition capture of the vehicle, where the retrospective allocation of liability is supported by the photos taken at various stages in the supply chain.

However, these solutions might pose some legal challenges, e.g. initiating a damage claim some time after the physical handover took place. ECG’s assumption is that existing international regulations (e.g. CMR) will not be changed in the foreseeable future and that modern processes will have to be introduced despite potential conflict with some aspects of these regulations.

ECG has therefore engaged a specialist transport lawyer to develop a protocol which can be added to new and existing contracts and which recognises this new way of working and handling claims in Finished Vehicle Logistics. This in no way takes precedence over the international regulations but it would demonstrate an agreement between parties to implement modern technology nevertheless.

Mark Morgan (UCM Global) and Timo Pasila (C.A.R. Consulting Group) will deliver a presentation on the current status of Digital Vehicle Handovers at the ECG Conference in Vienna, on 13-14 October. If you have not yet registered to this major FVL event, you can still do!