A forensic analysis of safety systems and safety critical software in vehicles and why it was needed

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Light refreshments at 7.00pm, talk starts at 7.30pm

TC103, ‘Teaching Centre’, University of Gloucestershire, The Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH

Brian Kirk, Director, Robinson Associates


The talk gives a bird’s eye view of the long quest to establish responsibility for poor quality and unsafe software and systems technology in some vehicles. It was prompted by the many deaths and imprisonment of innocent people for ‘homicide’ and to obtain redress for all the victims.

The technical and legal aspects of what went wrong are reviewed. An unfortunate cocktail of questionable ethics, poor quality engineering, marketing spin, (ab)use of the legal system and poor attitudes of some manufacturers and regulatory authorities has delayed justice for the victims and also improvement of safety for the rest of us.

Progress has been slow and suggestions for improvement are included. This area is of great concern given the trend towards automated driving and even more reliance on software based systems to manage our personal safety.