Automotive SPICE Gets A Re-Birth; What Is On The Horizon?

by Nikhil Unnikrishnan published on June 10, 2024

Automotive SPICE® PAM 3.1 was released in November 2017 and has been the leading candidate for organizations in the automotive space looking for a framework for designing and

assessing their embedded systems development. While its predecessors (PAM 3.0 in 2015 to SPICE in 1998 that came from ISO/IEC TR 15504) have existed in various forms, PAM 3.1 enjoyed special attention in the North American Automotive space due to the IATF 16949 revision in 2016, detailing requirements in:

  • Development of products with embedded software
  • Internal audits
  • Supplier selection, and
  • Supplier capability of software development

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Nikhil Unnikrishnan

Nikhil Unnikrishnan is a Consultant with a broad range of experience, involved in the design & development of hardware, software and mechanical systems and components. He has worked with organizations to analyze process deficiencies and drive improvement by implementing best-in-class practices conforming to internationally recognized standards such as Automotive SPICE®, ISO 26262 Functional Safety, ISO 9001 & IATF 16949 Quality Management Systems. Nikhil has been involved with performing detailed documentation reviews, Automotive SPICE®, Functional Safety & QMS assessments, process documentation development and conducting roll-outs for numerous leading automotive organizations including multiple Software and Hardware systems. Mr. Unnikrishnan is a Certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma Methodologies (CLSSGB) and also Certified Quality Process Analyst (CQPA). He is an Exemplar Global certified Lead Auditor for IATF 16949:2016 and ISO 9001:2015.

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