Functional Safety and Autonomous Control

Keeping people safe in an increasingly autonomous world

Autonomous conveyances, including but not limited to On-Road or Off-Road Vehicles, Vessels, Railway or Transit Vehicles, Aircraft, Drones, or Spacecraft, Transport Machines or Apparatus, are usually considered safety-critical because they are intended to operate in environments containing, and in doing so closely interacting with, humans, pets, other animals, and expensive infrastructure, vehicles or equipment, all of which must not be harmed as these conveyances operate. It is important therefore that a thorough safety analysis be completed for each autonomous control system design, and every design update, to ensure that safety is always fully present, that is, that all possible safety hazards that will be encountered are uncovered, considered and mitigated in that design.

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