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Automobiles are among the most complex products in the market and have equally complex supply chains. Each of the thousands of components that make up an automobile poses risks to suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Although the automotive industry has been experiencing rapid changes due to significant social and environmental factors, as well as the swift advancement of new technologies that cater to both consumers and auto-makers throughout the automotive supply chain, Quality and Functional Safety standards help auto-makers improve and become more agile. Implementing relevant automotive supply chain standards within the organization brings out the potential to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge throughout your entire automotive supply chain, ensuring quality of suppliers.
Figure 1: Automotive supply chain representation
Functional safety and quality are two critical aspects in the automotive industry that play a major role in ensuring the safe and reliable operation of vehicles. Automotive functional safety refers to the measures taken to reduce the risk of harm to vehicle occupants and other road users in the event of a system failure. Quality is a broad concept that encompasses the overall performance, reliability, and durability of a vehicle.
Figure 2: Integral processes for an integrated premium quality automotive product release
Figure 3: Phases of R&D Product Development Methodology
A strong safety and quality culture contributes to successful cross-functional collaboration between independent parties involved in the product lifecycle that result in delivering a premium quality product release.
Figure 4: Integration of the requirement traceability for nominal (left) and safety (right) of an automotive product
Requirement management starts with the requirements elicitation process where the customer’s stakeholder requirements are received, analyzed, implemented, and verified as required. Using the customer’s stakeholder requirements as a foundation, the system requirements are created and continuously refined throughout the requirements analysis process that provides requirements traceability and gives an opportunity for continuous improvement.