Across the globe, industry regulatory bodies have recognized how incredibly complex the automobile
has become. The increase in software and high-speed connectivity of complex electronic systems
are now so critical to design and operation have a profound impact on performance. So to ensure
quality, safety and security of the products they oversee, these organizations have developed
industry standards. One of the most comprehensive set of guidelines, and one that is gaining
global momentum, is ASPICE.
ASPICE (Automotive Software Process Improvement Capability Determination) is an extendable process
assessment model for the automotive industry, focused on software development.
ASPICE incorporates both governance and assessment. It
guides the processes for the development, integration, collaboration and testing of a vehicle. It
six levels of capability – and the criteria for each level of achievement. It also defines how a
will be assessed.
Governance is maintained by automotive companies and required by automotive OEMs.
Projects shall follow state of the art system and software engineering practices
ASPICE was originally created for German OEMs, to ensure the quality of single components. At the
time, software was only
part of the control unit. However, with the accelerated proliferation of software in development
and the advent of sophisticated vehicle systems, ASPICE became the accepted standard for
automotive OEMs throughout the world.
Unlike many regulations that cover the activities of the entire organization, ASPICE is specific
to individual processes. It serves as an overarching framework working in the context of other
automotive standards such as ISO26262 and ISO21434. Thus, it requires a tremendous amount of
commitment to achieve compliance.
The final product can be only as good as the components used to create
The adoption of ASPICE is moving beyond manufacturers into the expansive realm of the OEM market.
Collaboration and transparency
between organizations throughout the process are paramount if all regulations are to be met.
Suppliers must demonstrate ASPICE compliance if they’re to remain in the manufacturer’s ecosystem.
And unless a supplier
can prove adherence to these guidelines, they will not be invited to submit bids. Thus, ASPICE is
a prerequisite to doing business.
ASPICE Key Challenge