Review of the Latest Developments in Automotive Safety Standardization for Driving Automation Systems




functional safety, safety of the intended functionality, driving automation systems


The ISO 26262: Functional Safety – Road Vehicles Standard has been the de-facto automotive functional safety standard since it was first released in 2011. With the introduction of complex driving automation systems, new standardization efforts to deal with safety of these systems have been initiated to address emerging gaps such as the human/automation roles and responsibilities in the presence/absence of the driver/user, the impact of the technological limitations and the verification and validation needs of automation systems to name a few. This paper highlights some of these gaps and introduces some of the latest developments in automotive safety standardization for driving automation systems.

Author Biography

Rami Debouk, General Motors

Rami Debouk joined General Motors Global Research and Development Center in Warren, Michigan, USA in 2000 after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a GM Technical Fellow with research interests in system safety methods and techniques, system of systems, failure diagnosis, and fault tolerant systems.

Rami represented the US as a Technical Expert in the development of the functional safety – road vehicles standard ISO 26262 and is currently a US Technical expert in the development of the ISO 21448 standard on Safety Of The Intended Functionality (SOTIF). He was named the “Engineer of the Year” by the International System Safety Society in 2009 and was the recipient of the 2014 SAE/InterRegs Standards and Regulations Award for his involvement in developing and implementing safety processes and standards since 2001. He was named the 2015 American Arab Professional of the year in the Technology area by the American Arab Professional Network.


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How to Cite

Debouk, R. (2023). Review of the Latest Developments in Automotive Safety Standardization for Driving Automation Systems. Journal of System Safety, 58(2), 40–45.