MUNICH -- An auto industry consortium is on schedule to create an open software standard, but members disagree on how far to take the project.
The group has grown from 10 core members - seven automakers and three suppliers - to 70 because companies recognize the potential savings and quality improvements from speaking a common software language. A common language would allow electronic auto parts from different companies to talk to one another.
All parties agree that a common electronics standard could save money and reduce electronic flaws in cars. But automakers and Tier 1 suppliers have different positions on expanding the software, called
AUTOSAR (Automotive Open System Architecture) to allow fully standardized software interfaces.