Modelling the Railway Network
Brain Kirk, Director, Robinson Associates
The talk gives a bird's eye view of the long quest to establish responsibility for poor quality and unsafe software and systems technology in some vehicles. It was prompted by the many deaths and imprisonment of innocent people for 'homicide' and to obtain redress for the victims.
The technical and legal aspects of what went wrong are reviewed. An unfortunate cocktail of questionable ethics, poor quality engineering, marketing spin. (ab)use of the legal system ad poor attitudes of some manufacturers and regulatory authorities has delayed justice for the victims and also improvement of safetyfor the rest of us
Progress has been slow and suggestions for improvements are included. This area is of great concern given the trend towards automated driving and even more reliance on the software based systems to manage our personal safety.
Talk given 13 February 2015