(Functional) Safety

In the recent weeks I had the chance to attend some automotive conferences on functional safety.

Functional safety is defined as freedom from unreasonable risk resulting from malfunctioning of electronical systems. The important point here is: malfunctioning

A lot of presentations of the conferences, however, were about highly automated and autonomous driving and how to be sure that even the well working system is safe enough.

They even have a term for this: safety of the intended function SOTIF. There will be an ISO PAS 21448 to have some systematics for the people in the automotive world.

Interestingly both topics are discussed by almost the same people. I am afraid, because some are not aware of the difference…