Considerations of Functional Safety, Automotive SPICE, and Cybersecurity in Automotive New-Product Development - By Chad Kymal and Dr.Juan Pimentel

by Jonathan Hunt,Chad Kymal,Dr.Juan Pimentel published on November 28, 2019

Product design in autonomous and electric vehicles requires a product architecture of systems, subsystems, hardware, software, requirements management, and the “Engineering V.” Electronics, hardware, and software in the product also necessitate new software standards. Automotive SPICE, a software capability standard required by many OEMs, has the voice of the customer translated into system architectural requirements, which flow down to system requirements, then to software architecture, next to software requirements, and finally into unit requirements. As the requirements flow down, customers, suppliers, sub-suppliers must work closely together because product development of Functional Safety, SOTIF, Cyber Security, and AIAG-VDA FMEA demands linked development.


Organizations in the automotive industry, and other sectors such as steel, plastics, and semiconductors, have been heavily influenced by automotive industry standards and practices like IATF 16949, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and Production Parts Approval Process (PPAP). Excluding the IATF 16949 which is the Automotive Quality Management Systems Standard, the others are collectively called “Core Tools” which include Measurement System Analysis (MSA) and Statistical Process Control (SPC).




Chad Kymal, CTO and Founder of Omnex Inc.,


Chad Kymal is the CTO and founder of Omnex Inc., an international consulting and training organization headquartered in the United States. Chad is also the CEO of Omnex Systems, an Enterprise Quality, and IMS Software provider. He is on the ISO/TC 176, ISO/TC 207, and PC 283 committees for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management), and ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management Systems). Chad is also the U.S. expert for the ISO 10013 documented information update. He is a certified lead auditor for IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, FSSC 22000, HAACP, ISO 45001, and AS9100. Chad teaches these and many other courses for Omnex, such as integrated management systems. Chad and Omnex teach, implement, and audit AIAG 4th Edition FMEAs, AIAG-VDA FMEAs, and SAE J 1739 FMEAs. Chad, along with Greg Gruska of Omnex, originally discovered the linkages between the PFMEA and DFMEAs in the 1980s and 1990s.