As automobile technology advances, it introduces new levels of complexity that must be addressed during the design and development process itself, to get their product’s right the first time. The safety of the driver and the passenger in a vehicle is paramount, and automobile manufacturers should focus on embedding functional safety into their high-demand products. There are different processes like SEEPAS®, powered by STPA+ ™ (patent pending:GB2104303.9), which offer end-to-end safety of an automobile during its design & manufacture, followed by its entire operational service, maintenance, and disposal.
As highly automated and autonomous vehicles (the driverless driving concept) are on the rise, risks related to hacking the vehicle’s networks have come to the forefront. As a result, automobile manufacturers are embedding cybersecurity through holistic security & systems engineering. This will help improve vehicle security from the ground up. If you use highly advanced analysis techniques such as STPA+™ which embodies a robust workflow system like SEEPAS® (a simple, effective, and efficient process for ensuring safety and security), it can significantly enhance security threat analysis.
Get robust compliance and embed safety at all stages
When you use a powerful workflow process tool, such as SEEPAS®, it assists you in identifying and meeting various safety regulations, including those pertaining to autonomous applications and electric vehicles. A system like this helps make equipment safer by building important safety features during the design phase.
Develops a lean and reliable product design and development processes
A genuinely efficient safety workflow solution like SEEPAS®can help automobile manufacturers understand the various safety parameters related to the vehicles they manufacture. It also assists them in applying those critical safety features to their vehicles to improve their safety standards further. A highly efficient process, such as SEEPAS®, within the overarching STPA+TM analytical system, can help improve the development process and allow designers to incorporate safety features as early as the concept stage. It is an excellent way of effectively integrating systems engineering and functional safety upfront into the design and development stages.
If the automobile’s design is already complete, this system can reverse engineer the compliance and user functionality requirements into the product’s design efficiently, preventing or minimises penalties, recalls, and accidents.
A comprehensive approach
An effective and efficient system like SEEPAS® within a holistic & analytical STPA+TM system can integrate systems engineering, product development, quality management system, functional safety, and other transversal engineering disciplines to work seamlessly together. The system is so designed that it comprehensively analyses the current organisational structure, its various procedures, the skills, roles, and responsibilities of the staff members, in the context of characteristics of the product to be designed.
When a STPA+ based assessment is complete, a map is created that shows the relationship between the organisational structure, people, work, products, and QMS. This map helps make sure that the process used in design & manufacturing of the product meets functional safety standards like ISO 26262, DO 254A, DO 178-CA, IEC 61508, and ARP 4761. The map also helps the design and development team enroll the right people on the project and mentor them so that the product is strictly implemented following the safety protocols, and is delivered on time and within budget.
Provide workable solutions
A powerful system like STPA+ TMcan help companies understand their problems, including legacy issues, at a granular level. The system allows the industry to integrate their product development process, system engineering, and functional safety with their quality management system. This helps improve the vehicles’ reliability and makes them safer for the riders and other road users.