An Interview with Divya Garikapati, IEEE, SAE and Women in Autonomy

How can we collaborate to foster a safer ADAS and AV landscape?

In this interview, we catch up with Divya Garikapati, Systems and Safety Engineering Expert, IEEE, SAE and Women in Autonomy. We're excited for Divya to join us on at panel at AutoSens USA in May, diving deep into 'Future-Proofing Functional Safety Strategies for Emerging Technologies and Compliance Demands'. In this article, Divya gives us essential considerations for a robust approach to safety, sharing insights into challenges with compliance and the future of software innovations.

  1. In the realm of emerging tech, how can we make sure ADAS and AVs have a solid safety approach?

Ensuring a robust safety approach for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) amidst evolving technologies involves a comprehensive strategy. Key considerations include compliance with standards like ISO 26262 and embracing emerging ones like ISO 8800 for a more nuanced perspective. Safety should be integrated into the design phase, with a focus on risk assessment and hazard analysis. Redundancy in critical components, diverse sensor technologies, and thorough real-world testing to enhance fault tolerance. Continuous monitoring, cybersecurity measures, and user education also play vital roles. Data security, collaboration, adaptive systems, ethical considerations, and regulatory engagement round out a holistic safety approach. Integrating these practices fosters a safer ADAS and AV landscape through proactive collaboration.

2. In your experience, what challenges arise when complying with safety standards for ADAS?

Compliance demands in developing functional safety strategies for ADAS present significant challenges. Complex standards like ISO 26262 require meticulous navigation, posing a challenge for smaller organizations. The evolving nature of AI and ML algorithms adds uncertainty, demanding in-depth testing and analysis. Resource constraints, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the need for rigorous documentation and traceability also emerge as hurdles. Adapting to evolving standards, instilling a safety culture, and qualifying software tools for safety-critical applications further complicate the compliance landscape. Overcoming these challenges requires dedicated resources, effective communication, ongoing training, and a strong commitment to building a safety-first culture within organizations.


Future-Proofing Functional Safety Strategies for Emerging Technologies and Compliance Demands

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How do we navigate the dynamic landscape of functional safety in sensing technology for ADAS and AVs? Discover strategies to ensure robustness and adaptability in functional safety for the ever-evolving automotive technology; learn how to proactively address the complexities of functional safety, ensuring that your approach remains effective in the face of rapid changes in the automotive landscape; and explore future-proofing strategies, offering key insights into emerging technologies and evolving compliance demands. In this panel,  join industry leaders, regulatory experts, and technology innovators as they dissect challenges and opportunities in maintaining functional safety amidst technological advancements.

This discussion provides a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the measures needed to navigate and thrive in the dynamic realm of functional safety for sensing technology in ADAS and AVs.

Divya Garikapati

Divya Garikapati
Systems and Safety Engineering Expert
IEEE, SAE and Women in Autonomy

Hakan Sivencrona​

Hakan Sivencrona
Senior Technical Lead – Safety
Volvo Car Corporation

Charles Gu
Funtional Safety Manager

3. Looking ahead, how does software innovation contribute to the future resilience of functional safety in automotive technology?

Software innovation plays a pivotal role in ensuring the resilience and adaptability of functional safety solutions in the future of automotive technology. In the context of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), software innovations drive the development and enhancement of safety features like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Machine learning and artificial intelligence contribute to adaptive and self-learning capabilities, analyzing data to improve safety measures. New tools and platforms, real-time monitoring, over-the-air updates, cybersecurity measures, simulation, and testing all benefit from software innovation. Collaboration and standardization efforts within the industry are also facilitated by innovative software. In summary, software innovation is indispensable for the continuous improvement, adaptability, and resilience of functional safety solutions in the ever-evolving landscape of automotive technology.

4. You’re joining us at AutoSens USA to discuss functional safety, what are you most looking forward to about the conference?

I am excited about the opportunity to engage with other industry leaders, experts, and professionals at AutoSens to delve into the latest advancements and discussions surrounding functional safety in the automotive sector. The conference provides a unique platform for knowledge exchange, where I look forward to gaining insights into cutting-edge technologies, emerging trends, and best practices in ensuring the safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles and ADAS. The prospect of networking with like-minded individuals who share a passion for functional safety is something I find particularly valuable. It’s an excellent forum to foster collaboration, learn from diverse perspectives, and contribute to the collective understanding of how we can continue to enhance the safety aspects of automotive technologies. AutoSens presents an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of the industry’s discussions and innovations in functional safety. I look forward to seeing you there!

Don’t miss diving deeper into this topic with Divya and other experts at AutoSens USA, 21st-23rd May 2024. Get your pass here.
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