Last week, we held a joint webinar with QNX Software Systems discussing how static analysis plays a key role in automotive functional safety and ISO 26262 (you can watch the recording here). We had developers, testers, architects, and students attend from all over the world and they all had one interest in common: better delivery of safe automotive software. We always try to understand our attendees and here’s an interesting result from one of the polls we ran (based on table 9 of ISO 26262-6, which lists methods of design verification for software units): WhichRead More »
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Greetings, Recently, I was reading a newspaper article about how insurance companies are using “telematics” to adjust your premiums when it occurred to me just how powerful automotive tracking technology has become. The article I read described how insurance companies are able to monitor your driving habits to determine how safe of a driver you are and then charge you accordingly. The newspaper article doesn’t go into too much detail on what information is collected or how it is managed or manipulated in order to determine the final bill. It does, however, mention “Big Data”Read More »
As cars come to increasingly resemble moving computers, with millions of lines of code governing their systems, fears about the possibility of automotive terrorism have expanded among some in the industry and its regulating bodies. At the same time, others have dismissed the likelihood of such attacks, labeling them as "fear-mongering."Read More »
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