Safety of the Intended Functionality: Functional Safety for Autonomous Vehicles

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Dedicated safety standards are addressing the challenges of functional safety in autonomous vehicles

Strong concerns about the operational safety of highly automated and autonomous vehicles have prompted the requirement for the next generation of autonomous functional safety standards for achieving safety compliance targets. The technological development curve supporting highly automated and autonomous vehicles has exceeded the safety compliance standards, resulting in an imminent requirement of new safety protocols. The existing ISO 26262 safety standard emphasizes the functional safety of the automotive systems to develop a high level of fault tolerance, but autonomous driving technologies come with their own set of distinct safety requirements that might not be well served by only the legacy standards.

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