World News: Automotive OEMs can learn from computer industry's mistakes

World News:  Automotive OEMs can learn from computer industry's mistakes

A recent article in Information Week questions whether individual members of telematics-related consortiums are really working as part of a team, or whether they’re each quietly focusing on their own agenda.

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) reported that eleven vehicle manufacturers are working jointly with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry on an operating system for automotive electronics. But one of those OEMs is already involved in the AutoSar consortium, which is working on a standards-based architecture to allow easier upgrades and integration of automotive software.

What will it take to get automotive OEMs all working on the same software standards?

Fewer consortiums, for a start – since they tend to spend years achieving little except a splash of publicity when they announce themselves and a brief mention on page 12 when they fizzle out.

The author of the Information Week article suggests that automakers should take a good look at the computer industry, and learn from its mistakes.

To read the full article in Information Week, click here


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