TOKYO -- Bernd Bohr said today that global electronics and software standards are essential to bring automotive suppliers costs down.
The head of Robert Boschs automotive operations also called on the Japanese industry not to adopt separate standards.
The global industry should support the standards that are set out by AUTOSAR, a global industry initiative that strives for a standardized automotive software architecture, Bohr said.
AUTOSAR stands for Automotive Open System Architecture.
Bohr singled out a Japanese project, JASPAR, and urged that group to adopt AUTOSAR standards. We strongly hope the output will be compatible with AUTOSAR, Bohr said. A common standard software architecture on a global basis must be our vision.
Bohr said such standards would help curb ever-rising supplier costs for r&d. He noted Boschs r&d spending, which averages 10 percent of sales a year, totaled 2.7 billion euros in 2006. The total has been rising steadily since 1996.
The higher costs reflect the need to maintain quality and deal with the increasing complexity of in-car electronics, Bohr said. He added: This trend cannot continue.
JASPAR, which stands for Japanese Automotive Software Platform Architecture, includes Japanese companies such as Nissan, Toyota, and Denso.
JASPAR aims to cut technology development costs and promote technology cooperation between Japanese companies. The groups Web site says it wants to represent a collective voice of the Japanese companies at the international standardization bodies and contribute to the development of global standards.
Robert Bosch ranks No. 1 on the Automotive News list of the top 150 global suppliers with worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $29.69 billion in 2006.