Functional safety

Functional safety

Functional Safety Solutions

Our functional safety analysis can be conducted on entire vehicle systems or specific safety critical components to mitigate potential safety risks in automotive products.

Ricardo will support you with your project to ensure functional safety is achieved. Our team can deliver analysis and provide both software and hardware support as required. Our expertise and insights are aligned to internationally recognised ISO-26262 safety standards.

Talk to our expert engineering team today about your project or application

Functional safety
Functional safety is essential for all product development from specification to production

Why Ricardo for Functional Safety?

There are several frameworks to work within to ensure regulatory compliance is met. These frameworks help remove barriers to international trade by showcasing your compatibility with international standards.

Ricardo sits on the MISRA steering committee making active contributions to MISRA standards. Our team helped to develop ISO 26262 as part of the UK working group of experts. Ricardo has extensive knowledge of the most frequently used standards for safety critical system development and high integrity software, including:

  • ISO 26262
  • IEC 61508
  • MISRA standards
  • ISO/TR 15497
  • Automotive SPICE© (ISO/IEC 15504)

With over 100 years of experience delivering innovative solutions worldwide for an impressive range of clients, our expert team of engineers are ready to support you with your next project. Our Functional Safety Services are offered as non-recurring engineering (NRE) engagements based on an agreed statement of work. Ricardo boasts a global footprint of technical centres offering in-house design, testing, manufacturing, and prototyping facilities complementing our expert strategic consultancy services.


Our Functional Safety services focus on ensuring your product or component complies with ISO-26262 Road Vehicles - Functional Safety standards. Ricardo has an unrivalled depth of knowledge and capability in delivering functional safety programmes for our clients. From analyses and processes, to the ability to support and implementation of the delivery of hardware, software and manufacturing with our own dedicated resources and infrastructure.

  • Extensive Engineering Capability
  • Global Team of Functional Safety Experts
  • Hardware Capability
  • Software Capability


Ricardo works across a broad range of market sectors and industries. Our Functional Safety Software Development is aimed at organisations within the automotive industry, specifically OEM and Tier 1 Suppliers.

We primarily design and develop solutions for following types of applications:

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Off-Highway Vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • High Performance Vehicles
Vehicle system safety
Functional safety is essential for any type of road vehicle

Our Clients

We’ve worked with many high-profile clients across our entire automotive consultancy and engineering business. Get in touch for more information.