Autosar (Automotive Open System Architecture) was founded in September as a joint venture between major OEMs such as BMW and DaimlerChrylser and suppliers.
Basic electronics systems and interfaces will be created from which automakers and suppliers can develop their own systems.
Autosar will also help developing standard control units, which, for example, will enable independent repair workshops to gain controlled access to board electronics.
Autosar is currently in a test and verifying phase, which will end in August 2006. The first vehicles based on the new standards are expected to be introduced starting 2008.
Autosar spokesman Harald Heinecke , who is responsible for the development of electronic systems at BMW, predicted that OEMs and suppliers will be able to make substantial savings by using common architecture and software.