Mark Pitchford

Mark Pitchford

Technical Specialist, LDRA, UK

The efficient achievement of software functional safety and cybersecurity in today’s connected automotive world

Until quite recently, embedded software applications in vehicles tended to be static, fixed function, device specific implementations. In the current environment of ever quickening technological change, morphism and evolution are the order of the day. Now we see manufacturers and service providers all seeking to monitor, upgrade, enhance and supplement software implementation on a continuous basis. 

As vehicle systems become more complex and safety and security considerations are addressed by the standards community, achieving the likes of ISO 26262, SAE J3061 and MISRA objectives whilst fulfilling functional requirements presents an ever more formidable challenge to the automotive software development community. 

Join this round-table discussion to reflect on the impact of connectivity, autonomous vehicles, functional safety, and cybersecurity on the automotive software development life cycle, and to discuss ways and means to streamline that lifecycle to be as cost effective as possible.

Presenter/Chair: Mark Pitchford

Mark Pitchford has over 30 years’ experience in software development for engineering applications. He has worked on many significant industrial and commercial projects in development and management, both in the UK and internationally. Since 2001, he has worked with development teams looking to achieve compliant software development in safety and security critical environments, working with standards such as DO-178, IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IIRA and RAMI 4.0.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Nottingham Trent University, and he became a Chartered Engineer over 25 years ago. He now works as Technical Specialist with LDRA Software Technology.