ISO 26262

Software Certification in Automotive

The Automotive industry is software-driven, today's vehicles are equipped with up to 100 ECUs which often have Safety-critical functions. The ISO 26262 standard regulates the use of software in Safety-critical environments in Automotive applications.

ISO 26262 Certification Standard

The ISO 26262 is based on the IEC 61508. This standard has been released in 2011 and is recommended but not mandatory for Safety-critical Automotive applications. ISO 26262 defines state-of the-art design processes for software development comparable to DO-178C in Avionics.

When we talk about artificial intelligence, which is finding more and more application in the cars of tomorrow (e.g. with regard to autonomous driving), there is a discussion about how a certitication standard can be adopted. Redundancy of verification streams with certified and non-certified actuator flows may be applied.

Safety Certification Kit

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Safety Levels

ASIL (Automotive Safety Integrity Level)

  • ASIL A - Low risk, minor injuries
  • ASIL B
  • ASIL C
  • ASIL D - High risk, possible death

Reducing Time-to-Market via Safety CertKits

The PikeOS certification approach is modular and hardware independent to the upmost extend. Certifications can be easily extended to different hardware platforms with additional certifiable artefacts, such as a certifiable IP stack, POSIX, Math Library or a filesystem. The tool chain is qualified and the Safety methods and considerations are adapted accoring to the respected vertical market. PikeOS is certifiable as SEooC (Safety Element out of Context) according to the latest industry certification standards. We engage in a close manner with major homologation institutes. The CertKit supports the certification process of the entire system, thus reduces time to market. PikeOS comes with requirement documents (all hierarchy levels) that are structured by requirement IDs and can be reused in customer documentation for traceability.

Other standards can be met via compliance matrices.

The PikeOS Certkit is a bundle of evidences for a specific PikeOS version and hardware.
It contains:

  • Software Accomplishment Summary for PikeOS
  • Software Accomplishment Summary custom BSP (if any)
  • Safety Manual for PikeOS
  • Safety Manual for selected Architecture
  • Tool Qualification Report
  • Tool Operational Requirements of customer-related tools  
  • Interface Specifications
  • User Manual

Each CertKit comes with a frequently updated Safety bulletin, mentioning known Safety alerts and improvements. Customers can switch to long term maintenance for a selected certifiable product.

PikeOS Safety Technology

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