@dunn and @rambo There are some volunatary automotive-industry standards that are international in nature. For example, ISO 26262 is a functional safety standard aimed squarely at automotive. This builds on the excellent work of MISRA (Motor Industry Software Reliability Association) and IEC 61508.
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