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Is ISO's New AI Functional Safety Standard Road-Ready? Hardly.

A lot of hopes are riding on PAS 8800, a new ISO standard specifically designed for “Road Vehicles –Safety and Artificial Intelligence.” The jury is still out.
The V-model from ISO 26262, Road vehicles — Functional safety
The V-model from ISO 26262, Road vehicles — Functional safety (Source: QNX/Blackberry)

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By Junko Yoshida

What’s at stake:
The conventional narrative is that artificial intelligence (AI) can transform safety, as a tool that can be used to detect anomalies and identify workplace hazards. Still unknown, however, is the functional safety of AI hardware and software. A group of engineers who delievered ISO 26262 is taking on the challenge.

AI is already being applied to safety-critical applications, such as autonomous vehicles or highly automated advanced driver assistance systems. So, how can designers of AI-driven E/E systems and developers of AI components validate their new designs as functionally safe – before AI-driven cars hit the road for millions, or billions, of test miles?

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