Did you know that there was a World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations? While it might seem to be a good idea to merge all the regulations governing automakers all over the world into one global standard, there's obviously a long way to go towards realizing that goal. In any case, with the recent proliferation of hybrids and the expected emergence of electric vehicles, new standards for safety are required.

While European companies have a tendency to dominate negotiations for vehicle regulations, this time they are reportedly taking a back seat to Japanese automakers. Makes sense, given that the vast majority of hybrids come from Japan and that country already has its own domestic safety standards in place.

For what it's worth, the United States chooses to implement its own rules and regulations called the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, meaning that anything adopted internationally won't necessarily make its way here.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

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