Safety certification introduced for software components

6th December 2016
Anna Flockett

There is a greater scrutiny on ensuring the software in automotive systems such as driver assist, brake control and engine and systems management is safe as it is used more and more. The automotive industry has adopted ISO 26262 as its functional safety standard for electronic systems, which addresses the key requirements for software development and design.

Software suppliers like RTI are prepared to assist designers in ensuring compliance with ISO 26262 software requirements.

ISO 26262 covers functional safety at the system, hardware and software levels. To be considered fully compliant with ISO 26262, all areas must be addressed at once, meaning that the software has to be integrated onto a given hardware platform and within a given system before it is approved.

This places an additional certification burden on the suppliers who wish to use COTS software such as an operating system or communication layer. Companies like RTI and Verocel are providing both certification evidence and a framework to use that evidence in any system design and achieve ISO 26262 compliance at ASIL-D.

RTI Connext DDS Cert supports the DDS (Data Distribution Service) family of standards and is a certifiable middleware available with a complete, commercially supported certification package to support ISO 26262 certification, including ASIL-D. Connext DDS Cert provides an architecture and hardware-independent layer of software that can be used on virtually any system design.

It also comes with the certification evidence that supports ISO 26262, sections 2, 6 and 8 as well as additional guidance and information that helps designers integrate Connext DDS and retain certification credit in their system.

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