Overview and Impact of the Automotive Functional Safety Standard ISO 26262     


I.D.# WB1134Printable Description
Duration: 4.5 Hours
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ISO 26262: Road Vehicle - Functional Safety is now becoming a condition of compliance for doing business in the automotive sector. The Scope states: “ISO 26262 is intended to be applied to safety-related systems that include one or more electrical and/or electronic (E/E) systems and that are installed in series production passenger cars with a maximum gross vehicle mass up to 3,500 kg…"

This course provides background for reading and applying the standard and explains its scope, the major differences from the general safety standard IEC 61508, and how the scope changes with the introduction of new systems. The vocabulary of the standard is used to enable participants to engage in the context of the standard and a selected list of acronyms is provided as reference. An overview of all parts of the standard is provided and its impact is explained, without lengthy examples requiring days of workshop attendance.

Learning Objectives
By connecting with this web seminar, you will be able to use the standard to:

  • Determine if and how the scope of ISO 26262 applies to your system or component
  • Plan a Safety Case based on ISO 26262
  • Prepare or reply to Development Interface Agreement compliant to ISO 26262
  • Determine the safety goals and Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL)
  • Determine the HW requirements based on ASIL
  • Determine the SW requirements based on ASIL

Who Should Attend
This web seminar would be especially valuable for engineers and managers that desire an overview of the standard’s content, without attending a multi-day workshop or following lengthy technical examples in order to become skilled practitioners. This includes those involved in product development for vehicle manufacturers or suppliers whose products contain electronics or software; engineering quality professionals including SPICE, CMMI, and internal process assessment; attorneys involved in Product Liability; and supplier quality engineers. Web Seminar participants should have an engineering degree. Knowledge of automotive product development and electronics or software is helpful. It is recommended that you have a copy of the ISO 26262 Standard, but it is not required. However, the standard is required for application after the course is completed.

Topical Outline
Session 1

  • Motivation for Creating ISO 26262
    • Pre-standard work of France and Germany
    • U.S. involvement and resulting changes to the standard
    • National Academy of Science expectations
  • Differences to IEC 61508, the General Safety Standard Previously Used
    • Comparison
    • Impact on Automotive Development
  • Overview of the ISO 26262
    • Planning
    • System
Session 2
  • Overview of the ISO 26262 (cont'd)
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Operations
    • Supporting Processes
    • ASIL-oriented and Safety-oriented Analyses

Instructor(s): Joseph D. Miller
Joe MillerSince 2005, Joe Miller has served as the chairman of the United States Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC22/SG3/WG16, which is developing ISO 26262: Road Vehicles - Functional Safety. This was recognized by the SAE Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award. He is the Chief Engineer of Systems Safety at TRW Automotive responsible for the systems safety process. Prior to this, he has managed systems engineering, manufacturing planning, and program control for electric steering. He has also engineered communication, avionics, infrared, and radar systems, as well as and thick and thin film components. Joe has 20 US patents, a Master of Engineering (EE) and a Master of Business Administration.

Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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If you cannot attend, you may register a substitute in your place or transfer your registration to a future offering. A full refund is issued if you notify SAE at least 14 days prior to web seminar start date. If canceled less than 14 days prior, the full fee is charged. For $50, you may process a one-time transfer to a future offering within one year of canceled web seminar. Canceling may reduce group discounts. To cancel, transfer or send a substitute, call SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (US & Canada only) or 1-724-776-4970.

Fees: $425.00 ; SAE Members: $340.00 - $383.00

.45 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

"This web seminar covers all aspects of the ISO 26262 standard. The instructor draws upon his in-depth experience and uses practical examples to reinforce the material. I recommend this course to anyone needing to learn how they will be affected by ISO 26262."
Thomas Le Mense
Principal Application Engineer
Infineon Technologies North America Corp

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