Automated driving pushes safety evolution, challenges standards

Megan Lampinen takes a closer look at how Ford and Mercedes-Benz are responding to functional safety requirements in light of new technology

Automakers are incorporating functional safety into the core of their product development strategy. The influx of electrified systems into vehicles has made this simultaneously necessary and increasingly challenging. ‘Functional safety’ addresses the risk of failure or unintended behaviour within electrical and electronic (E/E) systems, which are growing in number and complexity. Standards like ISO 26262 have provided a pivotal blueprint for engineering teams as they develop clean, connected and automated vehicles.

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