BADEN-BADEN, Germany -- In an effort to combat growing complexity in automotive electronics, leading German car makers and electronics suppliers are launching an open systems initiative.
Members of the Autosar (Automotive Open Systems Architecture) initiative include car manufacturers BMW, DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen as well as electronics component vendors Bosch, Continental Automotive Systems and Siemens VDO. The group will serve as "core partners."
The group said at an auto electronics congress here Tuesday (Sept. 30) it will seek more interoperability in automotive electronics, application software as well as in car components. The group said it also wants to establish a level of interoperability between the automotive design of different OEMs.
The latter effort would be limited to electronics so as to preserve competition among car makers, they said.
The scope of the organization includes body electronics, power train, safety, multimedia and telematics systems and human-machine interfaces.
Initially, the members have compiled a to-do list for implementing their plan and standardizing basic system functions as "standard core solutions." Also included on their goals list are the integration of functional modules from different manufacturers, the serviceability of auto hardware and software throughout product life cycles and increased use of commercial off-the-shelf electronics.
One of Autosar's first actions will be defining open, standardized interfaces. Creation of a hardware-independent software layer is another step.
The group said Autosar's organization will have a three-part structure, consisting of core, premium and associate members.
--Christoph Hammerschmidt is editor-in-chief of EETimes.de.