Fleckner + Simon UPDATE

Autonomous systems change development processes

Everyone is talking about autonomous driving. Even if there has been a decline in the euphoria (everyone can determine the current phase of the hype cycle for themselves) and it is becoming apparent that level 5 autonomous driving will take much longer than sometimes predicted, it remains an important issue for the future of the automotive industry.

The existing standards are not sufficient for ensuring safety in the development of modern assistance systems. That is why the standard “ISO 21448 Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF)” was published this year. The standard “ISO 21434 Road Vehicles - Cybersecurity Engineering” exists as a Committee Draft (CD) and is expected to be published this year as a Draft International Standard (DIS).

To meet the requirements for vehicles for highly automated driving (level 3) and fully automated driving (level 4), auto manufacturers and suppliers are conducting preliminary work and recommendations. These developments are being verified in pilot projects and can lead to supplements of existing standards and creation of new standards. Examples are the white paper “Safety First in Automated Driving (SaFAD)“ prepared under the auspices of Daimler or the Pegasus project, which is subsidized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

F+S is intensely following the considerations, projects and efforts toward standardization. ISO 21434, which is currently in the making, provides important input for the development of “Cyber Security add-on for Automotive SPICE“, which is being created with the active involvement of F+S.

We are convinced that this will continue to affect the development processes for systems and software in the automotive sector. We are discussing the developments and tendencies both internally and with our partners, and are establishing the necessary knowledge base. We would like to share this with you by occasionally publishing information about the specific issues under “Added value”.

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