About Us

All of kVA’s technical personnel are certified in functional safety. In addition to theoretical knowledge, kVA’s personnel have decades of real-world experience in standards, processes, and functional safety for automotive products.  As a certified independent safety expert, kVA offers independent reviews and audits up to the I3 independence level (the highest level as specified in ISO 26262-2.6.4.7). Most importantly, kVA is highly responsive to the needs of our clients. We get the job done for our clients, on time and under budget, on programs where safety is non-negotiable.

Our Mission

kVA’s mission is to become the world’s leading expert in the field of safe product development. kVA provides expertise to industry through technical consulting, training events, and software tools.

Community Outreach

kVA supports and encourages volunteer efforts by employees. The focus of kVA’s volunteer efforts are to encourage STEM education and careers in engineering and science. Over the years we’ve judged robotics competitions, helped teach students K-12 how to build electrical circuits, and provided charitable contributions to several local nonprofit organizations.

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OUR LEADERSHIP

MEET THE FOUNDERS OF KVA

Bill Taylor

CO-FOUNDER, MANAGING PARTNER
AFSE, FSCED

As co-founder and managing partner of kVA, Bill Taylor has led a variety of programs in safety assurance for vehicle E/E systems.  He has led reviews of autonomous vehicle controller hardware for ASIL D applications, including evaluation of safety mechanisms compared to ISO 26262 specifications.  He has also consulted widely to manufacturers of steering systems, transmissions, and engine controllers. Mr. Taylor is a certified AFSE and trains automotive engineers worldwide on the principles of functional safety, risk assessments and ISO 26262.

Jody Nelson

CO-FOUNDER, MANAGING PARTNER
AFSE, FSCED

As co-founder and managing partner of kVA, Jody Nelson has helped global automakers and suppliers achieve functional safety in a wide range of applications. He has broad experience in developing hardware, software, and systems in accordance with ISO 26262. Mr. Nelson served as safety manager for an OEM EV program using a motor at each wheel, where unintended steering due to motor failure was an ASIL D hazard. He successfully applied methods such as FSR/TSR decomposition and software test & assurance methods to achieve safety on this major program. He has also led supplier programs in functional safety, ranging from autonomous vehicle programs to steering assist systems.

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