Functional Safety
Services, Embedded Software and Tools

Solutions for Functional Safety / ISO 26262

Vector is actively involved in a number of safety-related research projects and works in close collaboration with leading research institutes in the area of functional safety. This helps us to further advance the development of our products and assure our high level of competence in a quickly changing field.

The Solution for Functional Safety consists of consulting services, the AUTOSAR basis software MICROSAR Safe and tools e.g. PREEvision for designing safety-related systems.

Services

Consulting on Safety-Relevant Development Projects

Vector Consulting Services offers consulting on safety-relevant development projects in the automotive industry as well as other industries (railway, industrial automation, aerospace, etc.).

Portfolio

  • Providing an interim Safety Manager for your company
  • Review of safety concepts and evaluation of safety-critical systems and components
  • Implementation of focussed and cost-effective safety processes
  • Conducting supplier safety assessments
  • Development, specification and verification of safety requirements
  • Introduction of strategies and methods to ensure information security in technical systems, because functional safety requires information security

Design Tool

Meet the Standard Efficiently: Development of Functional Safe Systems with PREEvision

Designing safety-related systems with PREEvision

In order to implement the requirements for functional safety of road vehicles according to ISO 26262, a considerable development and documentation effort is necessary. Suitable development tools relieve the user of error-prone work and significantly reduce the effort needed to perform the demanded analyzes and generate the report documents.

The integrated approach of the model-based development environment PREEvision provides this support through an iterative design and analysis process. In addition to modeling the functional and technical safety concept for hardware and software, developers are also supported in performing analyzes such as FMEA, FMEDA and FTA.

Embedded Software

MICROSAR Safe – AUTOSAR Basic Software

Currently available Components developed according to ASIL D

MICROSAR Safe lets you use AUTOSAR basic software in ECUs with safety-related functions.

Functions

  • Memory protection and safe context switching
  • Flow control of safety-relevant software components
  • Time monitoring of the software
  • Safe inter-ECU communication

Advantages

  • Solution for all Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL) up to ASIL D
  • Reduces qualification costs
  • Supports different ASILs on one controller
  • Downward compatible to AUTOSAR 3.x

Classification and Qualification of Vector Tools

Vector offers premium support for the use of our software tools in safety-related projects. We actively work together with our customers to simplify the classification and qualification of our tools. In an initial step, we classify our tools based on an analysis of generic, customer-independent use cases according to the ISO 26262 methodology. For some of the generic use cases we qualify selected tools for the TCL2 or TCL3 classification by a corresponding validation according to ISO 26262 method 1 c "validation of the software tool". We provide the associated qualification procedure and qualification documentation on request.

In a second step, you as a tool user can make use of this documentation when performing the final project-specific classification and qualification of the tools within the context of your particular development processes.

We can also support you with project services in the project-specific phase. Please contact us!

During classification, typically the users of the tool consider the integration of the software tool within the context of their specific product development process – based on what is referred to as the Tool Confidence Level (TCL).

The user analyzes the probability that a potential error in the tool will have a direct impact on the functional safety of the system under development. Besides examining the tools being used themselves, the development methodology, verification and validation measures (e.g. review and testing) of the product to be developed are also considered. A final classification can only be made in the context of a specific product development process.

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Depending on result of the tool classification activity, the tool producer and the user generally conduct joint qualification activities. The purpose of these activities is to provide further validation of safety-related application cases of the tool, in order to assure its reliable and safe use for a specific context.

Typical qualification measures include targeted, in-depth tests as well as application guidelines.

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Free of Charge Webinars

Would you like to find out more about the basics of functional safety and the Vector products for ISO 26262? We regularly organize free of charge live webinars, where our product experts clearly explain everything about this topic. And if any questions remain open, you can contact the expert. Here you find a list with all upcoming Vector webinars.

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Training

Basic Techniques

The training on ISO 26262 from Vector Consulting Services introduces to the basic techniques for specification, analysis, testing and proving the safety of systems. We show how to apply these techniques in the context of a specific system development. You get introduced to the relevant policies and standards. You see how such methodologies are selected and practically applied according to specific constraints and environments. Based on real examples, we show how safety concepts are implemented, so you can transfer what you have learned quickly to your own environment.

MICROSAR Safe

This training will give an introduction to MICROSAR Safe - Vector's solution for ECUs with safety-related functions. MICROSAR Safe enables the freedom from interference for safety related software parts with different ASIL levels and for non-safety-related software parts (QM software) within the same ECU (Mixed-ASIL-Systems). Learn how to develop a clean partitioning for Software in a Mixed-ASIL ECU.