Functional Safety Challenges for Automotive Systems

Functional Safety Challenges for Automotive Systems

Bill McCaffrey

The tragic news of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin , crushed to death when his Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward down his driveway, has prompted Fiat Chrysler to speed up its recall plans to modify electronic gearshifts on more...

The Importance of Software Verification and Validation for Automotive Functional Safety

The Importance of Software Verification and Validation for Automotive Functional Safety

Bill McCaffrey

Competition in the automotive industry is intense. Successful companies must constantly innovate by introducing new features, many of which contain significant amounts of software. The automobile has been transformed from primarily a mechanical device, into an integrated machine with embedded...

The importance of Continuous Integration and Continuous Testing

The importance of Continuous Integration and Continuous Testing

Bill McCaffrey

Last month Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled the $35,000 Tesla Model 3, calling it "a mass-market, affordable car" that can also drive "at least 215 miles" without recharging. The response has been overwhelming. To date, more than 325,000 potential buyers have plunked down $1,000 to reserve a...

Why does my car have so much software?

Why does my car have so much software?

John Paliotta

I recently returned from Embedded World 2016 in Nuremberg Germany, which provides a great opportunity to spend time chatting with customers, partners, and the media. It seems each year there is more emphasis on automotive, as evidenced by the...

Automotive Transmission Testing

Building an Automotive Test Stand for – Software?

Bill McCaffrey

Rigorous stand-alone testing of the many physical components of automobiles is done as a standard part of the development process to allow manufacturers to work out the potential problems of a model before it goes into full production. After all, it is conventional wisdom that it's...

Coping with ISO 26262 Changes in the Automotive Space

Coping with ISO 26262 Changes in the Automotive Space

Craig Pedersen

Most industries move fast, but the automotive space’s pace over the past five years is dizzying. On the software side of the embedded automotive market, the rate of change is also accompanied by equally challenging regulatory standards. Since automotive embedded software is a safety-critical...

South Korea, land of Superman beer - and ISO 26262 challenges

Superman Beer and Automotive Software for European, Korean, Japanese Car Manufacturers

Steve Barriault

Just came back from South Korea, land of...the Superman beer (no doubt an extra strong brew)! Yep, the photo was taken during this last trip in Seoul, and it certainly put a smile on my face.

I had the chance to meet a few customers, including a new VectorCAST customer who is using the...

5 Steps towards Creating an Effective Regression Testing Strategy

5 Steps towards Creating an Effective Regression Testing Strategy

Lynda Gaines

Business and safety-critical industries are steadily embracing embedded software, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. Focusing on code coverage...

5 Automotive Embedded Software Recalls and Updates we’ve seen in 2014

5 Automotive Embedded Software Recalls and Updates we’ve seen in 2014

Lynda Gaines

Automobile manufacturers are now, more than ever, relying on embedded software and other technologies to get a leg up on the competition. From...

Automotive Technology Overtakes Regulation

Automotive Technology Overtakes Regulation

Lynda Gaines

It seems that automakers are moving full steam ahead with the introduction of ever-increasing features to support automated driving. In May, Mercedes introduced its S class series with 6 eyes (cameras) and 6 ears (sensors) which allow the car to drive itself at speeds up to 60...

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