LDRA’s latest tool suite to make compliance cost effective

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 26 Feb 2019


As the latest crash test norms comes into force by April 2019, OEMs in the country are looking to leverage software quality analysis to help mitigate risk and manage the cost of compliance for safety-critical applications. LDRA (Liverpool Data Research Associates), a UK-based software solution provider has introduced an enhanced version of the LDRA tool suite for Automotive that helps customers reduce cost, effort, and time of complying with the latest release of the ISO 26262 functional safety standard.

The enhanced LDRA tool suite for automotive claims to enable embedded developers to quickly understand the requirements of the new ISO 26262-6:2018ISO 26262-6:2018 standard depending on the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) required for their application and helps ensure safe and secure automotive application development and deployment.

LDRA’s comprehensive requirements-through-verification solution could quickly and easily identify standard requirements according to the specific ASIL and shares those requirements across the development team for further timesaving and collaboration. Automating coding standards compliance, verification, and reporting save even more time and money. The LDRA tool suite claims to enable lifecycle traceability, coding standards compliance with industry standards such as CERT and MISRA, as well as in-house coding standards. Furthermore, the LDRA tool suite can also automate the process of testing and report generation.

LDRA’s enhanced tool suite is said to be tuned to help automotive customers comply with the latest ISO 26262 standard based on their ASIL requirements. Developers of ADAS, infotainment, powertrain, body electronics applications, and autonomous vehicle technology can select the ASIL A, B, C or D assurance required by their application and quickly understands the corresponding requirements. LDRA ‘TBmanager,’ a module within the automotive tool suite, helps developers manage the workflow process and activities, understand exactly what is required of a system targeted at a specific ASIL, and automate compliance. LDRA TBmanager generates the appropriate standards objectives, and enables requirements traceability, static and dynamic analysis, and automated reports for compliance with that level, and then maps LDRA tool suite capabilities to the latest release of ISO 26262. This process is claimed to effectively simplify, automate, and reduce the cost of compliance, while also automating and expediting the delivery of certification evidence.

“As automotive applications accelerate in complexity with the advancements in ADAS and autonomous vehicle technology, functional safety and now security requirements have become paramount in software development,” said Ian Riches, director, Automotive Services for Strategy Analytics. “It is absolutely critical that automotive OEMs and their suppliers leverage software quality analysis and automation technologies such as those provided by LDRA to help mitigate risk and manage the cost of compliance for safety-critical applications.”

“The fast-changing automotive market and threat of vehicle recalls has put increasing pressure on software developers to cost-effectively build safe and secure applications,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director, LDRA. “We continue to enhance the LDRA tool suite for Automotive to help customers manage compliance to the latest ISO 26262 functional safety standards in a cost-effective yet quality-focused manner. The LDRA tool suite is unique in both process and automation; it is the only tool that enables customers to specify exactly which ASIL level they need to achieve—leading to faster automation and reduced cost of compliance in terms of money, time, and effort.”