Introduction to Automated Vehicle Safety: Functional Safety, SOTIF, and Cybersecurity Hazards

Fatal accidents involving automated vehicles (AVs) have made it clear that safety is paramount to their acceptance, testing, verification, validation, and deployment. In fact, safety has been ranked as the number one concern for the acceptance and adoption of automated vehicles, and understandably so, since safety has some of the most complex requirements in the development of such vehicles. However, there are many misconceptions involving safety and the concept of safety as applied to automated vehicles.

This two-day course will help characterize the nature of safety and the fundamental technology involved in the design, development, testing, operation, and deployment of automated vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The course will enable participants to envision a future where the safety of automated vehicles is well understood and will guide all stakeholders in the development and use of safe automated vehicles. You’ll learn the main attributes of safety as applied to automated vehicles, including the four types of safety: Functional Safety, Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF), Multi-agent safety, and safety involved in cybersecurity attacks. The discussion will enable participants to conceive of the various applicable design aspects of safety, clarify the role of SOTIF, multi-agent safety, and cybersecurity safety and address the development of multi-agent safety using a probabilistic and stochastic framework.

Participants should bring a laptop computer for five, in-class exercises designed to ensure application and retention. Learners will complete the exercises during class and will get assistance and feedback from the instructor.

What Will You Learn

By participating in this seminar, you’ll be able to:
  • Articulate the concepts of hazard, risk, risk assessment, and risk reduction
  • List and describe the most fundamental ideas and techniques of Functional Safety, SOTIF, Multi-Agent safety, and Cybersecurity safety
  • Describe the salient features and application of the ISO 26262 standard to AVs
  • Develop a Functional Safety Concept for a specific subsystem of an AV
  • Summarize the main NHTSA safety guidelines for AVs 
  • Summarize the main elements to be addressed while writing a safety report for an AV 

Is This Course For You

This course will be especially valuable for those needing to address safety issues in the design of ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and automated vehicles. Participants should have a mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering or computer science degree.

Exclusive eBook Offer: Your course participation qualifies you for a specially-priced bundle of five books that explore automated vehicle safety concepts and technologies, authored by course instructor, Dr. Juan Pimentel. Click here for a summary of the series and links to a description of each volume. Details on this exclusive offer are sent to learners upon completion of the respective course offering.

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