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Welcome to Smart Safety

Decluttering automotive safety ISO 26262 standard for beginners and professionals

 Thinking of a career in safety?

  • How do I start a career in automotive functional safety?

  • What safety standards should I know?

  • What kind of projects do safety professionals work on?

  • What skills do I need to have to get a job in functional safety?

  • How do I switch to autonomous vehicle safety from conventional automotive functional safety?

  • Do I need help with interview prep?

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Safety Development Lifecycle

Learn about different phases of safety lifecycle and how to implement functional safety

  • V Model

  • Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment (HARA)

  • ASIL (Automotive Safety Integrity Level) rating determination

  • Safety requirements specification

  • Verification and Validation (V&V) methods

System Safety Architecture

Learn how to design an architecture for safety-critical systems

  • Architecture definition with multiple ASIL requirements

  • System (software + hardware) level ASIL decomposition 

  • Freedom from interference (FFI)

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Safety Analysis

Learn about different approaches to perform safety analysis on the critical system and identify potentially hazardous software faults

  • SW-FMEA (Software - Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)

  • SW-FTA (Software - Fault Tree Analysis)

  • HSI (Hardware - Software Interface)

  • DFA (Dependent Failure Analysis)

Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Learn about technical challenges of applying functional safety to an autonomous (self-driving) vehicle

  • Modifying existing standard for the autonomous world

  • Key pillars of safety - functional safety, SOTIF (safety of the intended functionality), cyber security and more

  • Verification and Validation (V&V) methods

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Working alongside Palak on developing functional safety processes and practices for our company's products has been nothing short of exceptional. From the very outset, Palak showcased profound expertise in critical areas such as hazard analysis and risk assessment, functional safety requirements, and adhering to standards like ISO 26262.

When we embarked on this journey, essentially starting from scratch in building our functional safety capabilities, Palak took the reins in establishing rigorous processes aligned with the V-model. Her guidance on techniques like safety analysis, FMEA, FTA, and developing technical safety requirements (TSRs) proved invaluable in shaping our approach.

Palak's training sessions were instrumental in ensuring our entire cross-functional team internalized the essential principles and activities crucial for functional safety. Her passion for the work she does is evident, and she approaches each task with meticulous attention to detail.

Palak is undeniably a true asset to any team or company striving to create safe, reliable products. I wholeheartedly give her my highest recommendation.


Saiman Shetty

Robotics & AI Engineer@ Tesla, Lyft, Nuro

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