Reading the many articles on SemiWiki and other publications we find experts talking about the automotive market, mostly because it’s in growth mode, has large volumes and vehicles consume more semiconductors every year. OK, that’s on the plus side, but what about functional safety for automotive electronics? Every time that an autonomous car has an accident or a fatality it makes front page news on CNN and across social media, so we’re keen to understand how safety is supposed to protect us from driving mishaps. The automotive industry has already published a functional safety standard known as ISO 26262, which is a necessary first step, and for us in the design community we need to be aware that this standard mandates traceability requirements.
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