How to build fail-operational systems
for autonomous driving?

How to build fail-operational systems for autonomous driving?


  • As a functional safety expert and the director of the Lead Engineering & Safety Team at TTTech Auto, Eric Schmidt is steering the functional safety design and processes according to the ISO 26262 standard for advanced automated driving projects. Working alongside our customers in this multi-disciplinary domain, Eric is responsible for the conceptualization and execution of TTTech Auto’s safety by design approach to streamline the safety process. This approach resulted in the first ASIL D certified platform, developed according to the ISO 26262 standard on the market.

    Over the course of his career, he has accumulated vast knowledge and experience in functional safety related development, e.g. by being part of the first implementation of the “3 Level E-gas concept”. Eric joined the TTTech Group in 2003.

Key take-aways

  • Highly automated driving use cases require high levels of technology autonomy and rely on the heavy data-traffic from the perception layer. Learn how to manage the resulting complexity and safety challenges
  • Learn about the opportunities offered by the centralized, software-defined safety platform that ensure the safe execution of tasks and reliable communication in a highly heterogenous environment
  • How to build a fail-operational system derived from principles found in the aerospace and space industry and to tailor it to automotive use cases in a cost-efficient manner
  • How to propose an architectural design for an automated driving platform that fulfills the highest safety requirements according to the ISO 26262 standard, while proactively tackling the possible weak links