Software Testing of Automotive Systems

Software Testing of Automotive Systems

by Stuart Reid, STA Consulting, UK

September 30, 2020

Full day course

Dr Stuart Reid is Chief Technology Officer at STA Consulting in Seoul with over 35 years’ experience in the IT industry, working in development, testing, and education. Application areas range from safety-critical to financial and media.

Stuart supports the worldwide testing community in a number of roles. He is a convener of the ISO Software Testing Working Group, which has published the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 series of software testing standards and the ISO/IEC 20246 reviews standard, and is currently developing new standards and technical reports, including those in the areas of testing automotive software and testing AI-based systems. He also leads ISO projects on agile readiness and the standardization of autonomous systems.

He founded the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to promote software testing qualifications globally. A popular speaker at conferences on software testing, he is invited to present keynotes, tutorial and track sessions in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and the US about testing and agile practices.

Full Course Outline

Software is now a key differentiator between cars. Today’s cars can incorporate 100 microprocessors and up to 150 million lines of code. This has led to a vast increase in system complexity – and more and more of the vehicle functionality controlled by computers is safety-related, requiring projects to comply with the latest functional safety standards, such as ISO 26262. The proportion of vehicle costs spent on software is increasing fast, as are the number of engineers involved in the development and testing of automotive software. At the same time, this software can also be a major source of problems if the required quality is not achieved.

Developers and testers of automotive software now have ISO 26262, Automotive SPICE and AUTOSAR to guide their activities, but, even so, these standards still leave many questions on how to perform good software testing. In the last few years, this gap has been filled by the publication of a set of new international software testing standards (ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119), which provide guidelines for testing at the organizational, management and dynamic test levels.

This course introduces the software testing of automotive systems, providing an insight into current best practices in the area, and demonstrating how the full set of international standards (both automotive and software testing) can be combined to best effect.

The course concentrates on those specialised activities involved with automotive software development and testing where testers have to work within the constraints of the ISO 26262 set of standards for automotive systems development and the Automotive SPICE framework for assessment and improvement, while also making use of the ISO 29119 standards for software testing.

Topics Covered

  • Test techniques for automotive software testing
  • ISO 26262 and how it applies to the software testing of automotive software
  • Assessment and improvement using Automotive SPICE
  • The AUTOSAR architecture, software, and methodology
  • A test methodology for automotive projects combining ISO 26262, Automotive SPICE, and the ISO 29119 software testing standards

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at test professionals who either already work in, or intend to work in, the area of automotive software testing and want to be familiar with the current standards and best practices in this area. This includes people in roles such as test managers, test leads, test analysts, test engineers and test consultants. A working knowledge of software testing is assumed.

8:30 - 09:00 Registering
09:00 - Start
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
18:00 - End

ATTENTION: Limited number of seats available for the selected course!

Course price: 350 EUR

  • Early Bird (by July 15): 20%
  • Groups of five or more people: 10%
  • SEETEST 2020 attendees: 10%

The discounts apply separately and they cannot be accumulated.

All prices are exclusive VAT.

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