The word “safety” can mean a lot of different things to different people, but it’s a word we hear frequently when the topic involves automobiles. In contrast, “functional safety” has a long-established meaning in the design of electrical and mechanical systems: an automatic protection mechanism with a predictable response to failure. When a critical component fails, a functionally safe car either compensates and continues to operate properly or shuts down in a safe manner (such as slowing down and pulling off the road). Read More

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