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Design and Implementation of the Speed Measurement in a Vehicle Prototype applying the IEC 61508


For our experimental vehicle, we are in need of the conception and realization of speed measurement. Since this functionality is a matter of safety-critical functionality, the design must be carried out according to IEC61508 (functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems). The implementation should be done on a microcontroller or/and on a PLD. Furthermore, a connection to the CAN-bus should be created.

On the basis of an exemplary implementation, you will demonstrate how different requirements and rules for safety-critical systems can be implemented. Thereby, the international norm IEC 61508 and the MISRA guidelines will have special relevance.


  • Emilio Codina


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