BANGALORE, India Infosys Technologies has become the first Indian company to join the Automotive Open Systems Architecture (Autosar) development partnership, joining existing members such as BMW, Ford, Siemens and General Motors.
Infosys, based here, is joining Autosar as a premium member, and will participate in working groups focusing on tools, protocol development and standardization for automotive electronics, said Thomas Scharnhorst, an Autosar spokesman. Infosys will will offer its experience in software development standards, processes and methodologies as applied to the embedded application market, Scharnhorst said.
Infosys has formed a product life cycle and engineering solutions group that will focus on embedded solutions development for the automotive industry. The group will work with Autosar to develop protocols and standards for next-generation automotive electronics.
The move follows other efforts by Indian companies to boost India's presence in the automotive electronics market. The Indian government recently approached Indonesia about obtaining special trade status in the government-sponsored industrial zone on Batam island near Singapore. Indonesian officals said Indian companies hoped to manufacture auto electronics components on the island.
Autosar is an international development partnership and a network of big automobile manufacturers, suppliers, software houses, tool-makers and semiconductor firms hoping to set up a common software infrastructure standard for vehicle electronics.