SAFE Safe Automotive soFtware architEcture


Modern vehicles are equipped with many extremely complex embedded systems integrating a large number of software and hardware components from different suppliers. As many of today’s innovations focus on active or passive safety, there are tough demands on systems reliability and functionality which, in turn, put pressure on development processes. Such challenges require an efficient and cost-effective approach calling for standardisation of methods and architectures for use in system, software, and hardware design.

Additional challenges arise due to upcoming standards. Leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers worked together to develop the automotive open system architecture (AUTOSAR) standard, now widely used in production vehicles and throughout the automotive supply chain. The new ISO 26262 standard addresses functional safety in car electrical/electronic systems, defining requirements for the entire development process.

SAFE addresses those upcoming demands. Therefore, three main objectives are in the focus of SAFE:

  • Extend the AUTOSAR architecture model to integrate effectively artefacts associated with the application of ISO 26262.
  • Enhance methods such as efficient capturing of safety goals and requirements as well as for safety evaluation or conformance testing to benefit from the integrated model.
  • Define an ISO 26262-compliant process on top of model-based development using AUTOSAR.
Proving Compliance of Implementation Models to Safety Specifications

Markus Oertel, Omar Kacimi, Eckard Boede; Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security; 09 / 2014

A Contract-Based Installation Methodology for Safety-Related Automotive Systems

Baumgart, Andreas; Technical Papers presented at SAE 2013 World Congress & Exhibition; 004 / 2013

Model-based Application of ISO 26262: The Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment

Marion Suerken, Thomas Peikenkamp; SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars – Electron. Electr. Syst. ; 2013

A Compositional Safety Specification Using a Contract-Based Design Methodology

Oertel, Markus and Battram, Peter and Kacimi, Omar and Gerwinn, Sebastian and Rettberg, Achim; International Conference on Performance, Safety and Robustness in Complex Systems and Applications; 2015

Reusing a Functional Safety Concept in Variable System Architectures

Markus Oertel, Michael Schulze, Thomas Peikenkamp; Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Model-based Architecting and Construction of Embedded Systems; 09 / 2014

Dassault Systèmes SA
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur S.A.S.
TÜV Nord IFM Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik und Mobilität
TTTech Computertechnik AG
pure-systems GmbH
LaBRI - Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique
Infineon Technologies AG
Continental Automotive GmbH
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
fortiss GmbH
Continental Trading France SAS
aquintos GmbH


Start: 30.06.2011
End: 29.06.2014

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