Keeping safe on the roads

A series of standards for vehicle electronics functional safety was just updated

In today’s world where the technology of road vehicles is moving ahead at racing pace, it is important that these exciting new electronic features are safe. A series of International Standards for functional safety of electrical and electronic systems in road vehicles has just been updated to keep the automotive industry ahead of the pack.

The purpose of the ISO 26262 series of standards is to mitigate risks by providing guidelines and requirements for the functional safety of electrical and electronic systemsCars have come a long way from the days of internal combustion engines a century ago, or even manual wind-down windows. These days, it seems, everything is done by the touch of a button or through a simple voice command. Electronics are behind a mind-boggling array of vehicle functionalities and the technology just keeps on coming.

But with any powerful technology comes a set of risks. The purpose of the ISO 26262 series of standards is to mitigate those risks by providing guidelines and requirements for the functional safety of electrical and electronic systems in today’s road vehicles.

Published in 12 individual parts, ISO 26262, Road vehicles – Functional safety, has just been updated to keep abreast of these new and rapidly evolving technologies, and be relevant to even more applications.

Read entire article Keeping safe on the roads: series of standards for vehicle electronics functional safety just updated | Clare Naden | ISO.org

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