NEUBIBERG, GERMANY – Infineon Technologies AG in Germany announced it is heading a multi-company research project, dubbed “VeTeSS,” which seeks to improve the reliability of vehicle safety functions through development of industry standards.

VeTeSS stands for Verification and Test Support for Safety Standards.

The increasing number and complexity of advanced safety systems -- automated lane-keeping, brake assist and other complex micro-electronic systems in vehicles -- make tremendous demands on the hardware and software components from different suppliers. As a result, development of safety systems and their components needs to be better aligned, Infineon Technologies said. VeTeSS partners will work on standardized, reliable and cost-effective development methods to help avoid errors in subcomponents that can lead to the malfunction of the entire safety system. 

A total of 24 European partners from the automotive industry and related fields are working on the VeTeSS research project. 

The VeTeSS project will prepare new automated processes for safety system and subcomponent development in accordance with ISO 26262. Introduced at the end of 2011, the ISO 26262 standard is intended to ensure the functionality of the electrical and electronic systems responsible for safety-related functions in vehicles.