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    Automotive organisations are set to benefit from an insight into the relationship between functional safety and cybersecurity as the MIRA Technology Institute launches the latest in its series of free online industry seminars, via Zoom.

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    Dr David Ward, Senior Technical Manager for Functional Safety at HORIBA MIRA, and Visiting Professor of Functional Safety at Coventry University is set to discuss new practices emerging on Safety of The Intended Functionality (SOTIF), cybersecurity and the impact of legislation on their development.

    The webinar, scheduled for Wednesday 2 December 2020 from 10am – 11am is suitable for industry professionals within the global automotive sector, especially those who are responsible for skills and training, and graduates keen to broaden their knowledge.

    David said, “Modern vehicles, particularly connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) incorporate a high degree of electronics and software and assuring the correct behaviour of those systems under both normal and abnormal conditions is paramount. Functional safety activities that defend against potential hardware and software failures have been in place for some time, but increasingly we must consider wider factors including the operating environment as well as malicious activities.”

    Dr David Ward is a recognised international expert in automotive functional safety with over 25 years’ experience in safety and reliability of embedded electronic systems in automotive and other industries. Within his role at HORIBA MIRA, David is responsible for training, consultancy and independent safety assessment in the functional safety standard ISO 26262 and other related standards. He is involved in automotive cybersecurity as well as technology development in functional safety, connected and autonomous vehicles, and vehicle electrification.

    Lisa Bingley, MTI Director of Operations said, “We’re looking forward to hearing from Dr David Ward as part of our series of seminars designed to provide cutting-edge insights on a range of topical industry issues. As vehicles become ever more connected, the safety of drivers and pedestrians takes centre stage. This subject is fascinating because it focuses on how computer malware or illegal hacks could implicate road safety.

    “David has been working at a high level to explore and recommend practices that provide manufacturers with the building blocks to minimise risk in the development, production, operation and decommissioning of autonomous and connected vehicles. At this seminar he will provide an overview of the functional safety considerations surrounding cybersecurity, discuss the challenges that it presents within an engineering discipline, and highlight some of the ways in which HORIBA MIRA is helping customers to address the challenges of smart mobility.”

    Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chair of the MTI Operations Board, and Principal and Chief Executive North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said, “We’re delighted to welcome such a high profile and knowledgeable speaker to our seminar programme and are pleased to be able to bring industry experts to the sector to hear about the latest developments and the types of skills that will be required to address them.”

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