DETROIT - Automotive suppliers should be advocating the need for industry standards, which would foster better communication and collaboration, according to Bill Macfarlane, chief information officer at Siemens VDO Automotive in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The auto industry needs an open architecture based on standards, "one that allows us to use different applications that can link up seamlessly," Macfarlane said. He asked suppliers attending the SAE World Congress to participate in organizations that set standards, including the Automotive Industry Action Group and Odette International Ltd.
"It is safe to say that the pace of the application development is far outpacing the pace of the standards development," Macfarlane said. Suppliers need to communicate the need for standards to automakers, other suppliers, and companies that develop e-business applications, he said.