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Broses product line approach of ISO 26262

In the opinion of Dr. Pierre Metz, Organisational Safety Manager at Brose Fahrzeugteile, the greatest challenge is in the practical interpretation of ISO 26262. The collaboration of OEMs and Tier1 requires the understanding that functional safety needs a systemic view of the product. IQPC: Since when has your company been involved with the ISO 26262 implementation? What does it mean for your constant and ongoing ISO 26262 implementation process? Dr. Pierre Metz: Brose Fahrzeugteile has started using IEC 61508 in 2007 and adopted ISO 26262 in 2010. For us, ISO 26262 is another source of process, method, and product requirements that we incorporate in our standard process definitions for mechatronical systems, and in our internal in standard requirements specifications. We highly emphasize a pragmatic and down-to-earth interpretation of the content. We also embrace the exchanging of ideas and experiences with the community, e.g. by participating in boards and conferences.

IQPC: What major challenges is the industry facing at the moment in the ISO 26262 implementation and what does it mean for your company? P.M.: From our perspective the greatest challenge is in the practical interpretation of ISO 26262. This standard is new to the automotive industry, so is the entire topic of functional safety (even though that IEC 61508 was the applicable standard before). This means that the experience with ISO 26262 is still rather low.

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IQPC: With regard to the ISO 26262 implementation, process transparency, improved analysis techniques, clear responsibilities and assessments as well as audits are often named as the key challenges. How do you contribute to overcome these challenges? P.M.: We overcome those challenges by employing a product line approach, mature processes, and by independent process adherence monitoring. See conference paper. IQPC: If OEMs and Tier1 work closer together to support a quick ISO 26262 implementation, how can they improve their collaboration? P.M.: by making themselves aware that functional safety requires a systemic view on the product meaning that OEM and Tierx need to develop requirements, safety concepts, system and component design jointly to a considerable extent, i.e. it is no longer possible to just define interface agreements and then working on their own. IQPC: Do you have specific ideas to reduce the cost of ISO 26262 implementation? P.M.: According to our experience, a meaningful approach to limiting the costs of introducing any new standard that contains product-oriented and process-oriented requirements is to actually embed those into the given processes but not to establish just another process topic in isolation. Also, we are striving for truly reuseable strategies such as documented standard requirements and standard safety architectures with established traceability links in between. Still, a large degree of automated workflow steps, i.e. model-based code generation and automated testing, as well as investing in the teams qualification & training should pay back.

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