Mission

Rigorously analyze & quantify the safety of autonomous systems & their components.

Offering

Safety consulting, analysis & evaluation services for autonomous systems during development, commissioning, and deployment.

Automotive safety

Automotive safety is driven by international standards and regulations.  For automotive electronic systems, the ISO 26262 standard drives Functional Safety for electrical and electronic systems since 2011.  ISO 26262 has been absorbed by the automotive controls, software and electronics community for design and validation of electronic systems for Functional Safety, ensuring the release of safe automotive electronic systems to the public.

The problem – Safety of Autonomous Driving systems

The high complexity of autonomous driving (AD) systems and the complexity in validating AD for production release exceeds the remit of ISO 26262, demanding additional measures for quantifying and validating safety.  While ISO 26262 demands a comprehensive solution to the detection and mitigation of system faults within a system design, autonomous systems are capable of faulty actions and risk generation in normal operating conditions.  This is due to the highly complex nature of autonomous vehicles and their operation within the public domain:

  • wide range of operating conditions, including varying weather & traffic laws;
  • interactions with their surroundings, including other vehicles, pedestrians, and complex built environments;
  • perception for full reliable identification of the surrounding environment;
  • trajectory planning and execution.

The draft standard ISO 21448 ‘Safety of the Intended Functionality’ (SOTIF), first published in draft form in 01/2019, aims to address the regulatory demands for SAE L1 & L2 ADAS systems and may act as a basis for L3 and higher AD systems.  SOTIF is designed to address the validation process for complex autonomous driving systems over their entire range of operating conditions and potential fault modes.  ISO 21448 is intended for full publication in 2022.

Solution

For autonomous vehicles to be accepted by the public, the industry must achieve the highest levels of safety and reliability. Sensmetry provides consultancy services to help companies navigate the complex space of autonomous system safety and validation. 

We provide consulting and safety analytics services to help

  • OEMs and suppliers prepare and meet the upcoming international AD/ADAS safety standardization requirements,
  • Infrastructure providers establish requirements and safety evaluation procedures to deploy autonomous systems safely.

Sensmetry develops and uses rigorous methodologies to analyze autonomous system perception, planning and control subsystems in order to independently quantify their performance characteristics and failure rates.