Brose’s “product line approach” of ISO 26262
In the opinion of Dr. Pierre Metz, Organisational Safety Manager at Brose Fahrzeugteile, the greatest challenge is in the practical interpretation of ISO 26262. The collaboration of OEMs and Tier1 requires the understanding that functional safety needs a “systemic view” of the product.
IQPC: Since when has your company been involved with the ISO 26262 implementation? What does it mean for your constant and ongoing ISO 26262 implementation process?
Dr. Pierre Metz: Brose Fahrzeugteile has started using IEC 61508 in 2007 and adopted ISO 26262 in 2010. For us, ISO 26262 is another source of process, method, and product requirements that we incorporate in our standard process definitions for mechatronical systems, and in our internal in standard requirements specifications. We highly emphasize a pragmatic and down-to-earth interpretation of the content. We also embrace the exchanging of ideas and experiences with the community, e.g. by participating in boards and conferences.
IQPC: What major challenges is the industry facing at the moment in the ISO 26262 implementation and what does it mean for your company?
P.M.: From our perspective the greatest challenge is in the practical interpretation of ISO 26262. This standard is new to the automotive industry, so is the entire topic of functional safety (even though that IEC 61508 was the applicable standard before). This means that the experience with ISO 26262 is still rather low.
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