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As this was a quiet week in the community, a lot happened behind the scenes in real life. We had this week used to prepare ahead for the approval process. Some teaser were still posted to the community, but so much more has happened.
We went through all relevant regulations / laws. The big picture, which will be more or less same in other countries, is available (see title image).
The graphics looks heavy in the first moment, but it only shows where requirements come from and what the scope of getting the “permission of a type” with the approval process is. Based on a simplified overview derived from Switzerland's laws.
This is a hidden requirement of the approval process and has a huge impact on the approval process. This is THE major issue for us to deal with. We started with questions to Chinese manufacturers and also a second track with some kind of reverse engineering / modification in mind.
There’re still some questions about what the requirement could look like at the end of the day.
Safety guidelines are important to sell the product. For example, it must be available in the language of the region, where you want to sell in Switzerland. So we’ve German, French and Italian in Switzerland. Those are the official languages.
A first German draft is made, based on the requirements of Switzerland of the product safety regulation. The target is to give the eWheel driver an overview how to ride the eWheel properly and inform the eWheel driver of potential risks or how to prevent failures and protect the drivers from hurting themselves - or 3rd party. The draft needs some fine tuning but is on a good state to go further on.
On Wednesday we did a teardown of a Firewheel V1 to give us an overview of what we can do with this type of eWheel. We’ve some of this eWheels running in our area and it has a lot features to get it through the approval process to get the “permission of a type”.
We only had a quick overview as the Firewheel needed to be hand over back to the owner. We took some photos to work on with this.
Plan was also to take a closer look at the PCB / the control unit to get an overview where to tap in / “cut wires” (switch them of in a controlled manner) to measure and simulate test cases.
We also had a look on the harness. The idea was to get an overview of the electrical harness cross-sectional area and to get the wiring diagram. The cross-sectional area tells us, if the wiring is in the dimension to cope with the current (to be measured) run through. Regarding low voltage electric regulations this must be well designed and secured with a fuse. After measuring the current runtime we know if all is well sized.
Today we started with a test concept to hopefully send the points of discussion to ASTRA by the end of next week to get the test scope defined. There are sometimes general phrases which needs to be set in the right scope (what kind of tests / test-cases needs to be run).
Some of our members started selling their 1st generation eWheels or have been offered them to been sold. There’s a shift from the 1st generation (Solowheel, Airwheel, IPS, Rockwheel) to the 2nd generation (the new manufacturers with e.g. smartphone apps and firmware updates). The development of the 3rd generation, which will comply for the European market, is already under development. This will be an amazing year!