In recent years, autonomous driving vehicles have become one of the hottest topics in the automotive world. Everyday consumers and electronics professionals are both fascinated by the promise and the risks of autonomous vehicles. Existing automotive semiconductor companies as well as new entrants are making significant investments in this area developing new high performance, feature rich and power optimized system-on-chip (SoC) designs. Some of these development teams may be unfamiliar with the unique requirements of the automotive market, specifically compliance to the ISO 26262 standard for functional safety. This white paper provides background on this standard, including the concepts underlying it, and outlines a functional safety verification solution to the challenges of satisfying ISO 26262 in the development of semiconductor devices.