Functional Safety and Autonomous Control (under standards like ISO 26262)

Keeping people safe in an increasingly autonomous world

Autonomous conveyances, including but not limited to Automobiles, Other 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’s 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.

We have many years of experience helping product development organizations with safety as prescribed under international standards such as ISO-26262, IEC-61508, MIL-STD-882, ISO-25119 and others. Autonomous control places additional requirements above and beyond these for consideration when designing an autonomous control system for these kinds of applications.

We have the experience to help. We can answer your questions about safety, how it applies, and how to ensure that it’s always present, no matter what unexpected situation your autonomous conveyance encounters.

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