Showing posts from March, 2022

ANSI/UL 4600 Version 2 (2022)

Version 2 of ANSI/UL 4600 has just been issued. This standard provides guidance on how to ensure that autonomous vehicles safety cases are created and maintained to ensure acceptable safety for deployment. Since version 1 of the standard was issued in April 2020, the Standards Technical Panel members (the voting committee) and stakeholders have been involved in suggesting clarifications, upgrades, and other improvements as part of the standard's continuous improvement process.  Version 1 of the standard included chapters on: terminology, safety cases, risk assessment, interaction with humans, autonomy functions, software/system engineering processes, dependability, data/networking, verification/validation/test, tool qualification/COTS/legacy components, lifecycle concerns, maintenance, metrics, and assessment. The standard is designed to work with other safety standards such as ISO 26262 and ISO 21448 to make sure that all the bases are covered for system-level safety on autonomous

Maturation path for safety & security practices

Brief informal notes from a wrap-up quick position statement talk I did at a workshop today. Both safety and security have a lot in common in terms of how they are maturing over time. Without getting into a religious debate about the difference between them, I note that their trajectory seems to include the following steps, especially for autonomous systems. I'd argue that each step is in a sense more mature than the previous step. Get the system to work. Safety/security can come later. Get the system to work almost all the time. Conflate this with safety/security even though you're still really just getting it to work in the common cases (safety for a vehicle is "doesn't hit stuff" while security is "doesn't get taken down by the usual continuous stream of automated attacks") Brute force problem fixes:   fly/crash/fix/fly (air) and drive/crash/fix/drive (ground) Create a set of best practices in the nature of a building code ("build your system