Tokyo - NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. (Nissan) and TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced that they intend to pioneer the standardization and shared-use of software and networks for electronic vehicle control systems by participating in non-profit JASPAR*, established on Sept. 8 by Toyota Tsusho Corporation and its subsidiary Toyota Tsusho Electronics Corporation.
The continuing advancement and sophistication of electronic vehicle control systems are drastically increasing the development costs of Japanese automakers and are expected to keep on doing so even to a greater degree in the future.
JASPAR, now joined by Nissan and TMC, was established to overcome such a situation and is initially focusing on:
1) Standardizing specifications and evaluation methods for vehicle software
2) Establishing a common platform for onboard network specifications
3) Contributing technical support to international standardization organizations (such as those carried out by AUTOSAR and FlexRay)
JASPAR is aiming for participation by automakers, electronic parts makers, semiconductor makers, wire harness makers, development tool makers and other members of the car electronics industry, and it intends to carry out its activities by setting up working groups to achieve the above objectives.
*Japan Automotive Software Platform and Architecture
(Sept. 9, 2004)