eeNews Europe: What are your thoughts on the use of standards like Autosar and ISO 26262 for safety and security of autonomous vehicles? And what role do they potentially play in the balance between cooperation/partnership and differentiation?
Giesen: The Autosar standard and also the requirements of ISO 26262 provide a very good basis for developing safe and reliable software. They help both in the definition of software architectures and in design and coding recommendations. Support for the coding standard and security requirements are part of our core competence, which we offer in our tools to the automotive industry. We are a leading provider of technologies for coding standards, unit testing, coverage measurements and traceability. In addition, our newer API validation tools, both internal and external to the car, are part of the Parasoft tool chain.
It becomes interesting -or more difficult - when more and more software is based on machine learning or artificial intelligence, so that the functionality of the applications in the development phase is only "indirectly" modelled in the software code. Learning systems continue to evolve, so that in perspective a transition from offline certification to dynamic online certification is necessary. However, this is currently still a dream of the future. In order to develop further, Parasoft is involved in several networks and R&D projects on these topics to develop the necessary innovations with partners from industry and research.
Dirk Giesen is Vice President Sales EMEA, Parasoft. Dirk joined Parasoft in 2006. With a degree in Computer Science, Dirk’s experience helping customers achieve success in high-tech, embedded, and business IT markets includes roles with Telelogic (acquired by IBM in 2006), Benelux and German distributor QA-Systems, and Benelux distributor Koning en Hartman.
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