ASAM History

The History of ASAM


Member Growth

ASAM is facing a great increase in membership: More than 75 organizations join ASAM. For the first time, international members outnumber German members. 


ASAM establishes C-ASAM in China

ASAM and the Chinese state-owned company CATARC launch joint initative to promote ASAM standardization in China.
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New Standards

  • ASAM iLinkRT, a protocol for highspeed measurement and calibration data exchange in test automation systems, is complementing the ASAM standard portfolio.
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  • BMW transferrs OSI (Open Simulation Interface) to ASAM. The standard is complementing the domain "Simulation" and marks a pilot project for opensource development within ASAM. 
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New ASAM Board of Directors

  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Rieker (HORIBA Europe GmbH), Chairman
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Köster (DLR)
  • Dr. Ralf Nörenberg (HighQSoft GmbH)
  • Armin Rupalla (RA Consulting GmbH)
  • Richard Vreeland (Cummins Inc.)



New Standard Domain "Simulation"

ASAM adopts 3 standards ASAM OpenCRG, ASAM OpenDRIVE and ASAM OpenSCENARIO constituting the new standardization domain "simulation". The standards describe virtual driving environments and are used for the validation of highly automated driving functions. 

With these so called OpenX standards, ASAM has positioned itself in the area of highly automated driving and has broadened the expertise within its community. 




New standard

ASAM MCD-1 POD V1.0.0 standardizes the software inside automotive ECUs for measurement & calibration systems. The standard includes reference code, which can be used as a template for writing standard-compliant code.

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New ASAM Board of Directors

  • Marc Blatter (Daimler AG), Chairman 
  • Dr. Ralf Noerenberg (HighQSoft GmbH)
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Rieker (HORIBA Europe GmbH)
  • Armin Rupalla (RA Consulting GmbH)
  • Richard W. Vreeland (Cummins, Inc.)



ASAM releases two new standards

  • ASAM MCD-2 CERP (Calibration Expert System Rule and Product Format)  is based on OTX (ISO 13209) and allows to develop complex rules for checking the dependencies and integrity of ECU calibration parameters. 
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  • ASAM CPX (CalibrationProcess Exchange Language) provides a way to describe the processes for ECU calibration, which is standardized, independent, exchangeable and long-term stable. ASAM CPX extends OTX (ISO13209). It provides programmatic access to calibration and measurement data on the ECU, access to its meta information (from A2L files), and other functions. 
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New Managing Director at ASAM e.V.

Dr. Klaus Estenfeld is appointed Managing Director of ASAM e.V. He takes over from Mr. Simon Preis. 



ASAM opens office in Japan

ASAM Japan G.K. officially opens its doors in November 2015 with Mr. Yoshiaki Shoi as the representative of ASAM in Japan. With this step, ASAM responds to the continous growth in new members in Japan. The office in the Tokyo-area aims to promote collaboration among member companies and promote the concept of standardization in Japan.


2nd ASAM International Conference 

In Dec. 2015 the second ASAM International Conference is taking place in Dresden with the topic "Big Data in Future Car Development - Chances for Engineering, Value for the Driver". This conference succeeds in providing an overview on this highly relevant topic and opens up the discussion with the IT industry.


New ASAM Board of Directors

The following persons are elected member of the ASAM Board of Directors:

  • Hans-Georg Swolana (BMW AG), Chairman
  • Marc Blatter (Daimler AG)
  • Gorance Eftimovski (Cummins Inc.)
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Rieker (HORIBA Europe GmbH)



ASAM releases professionally developed open-source software

For the first time, ASAM is releasing a standard together with professionally-developed open-source software in one package. The released standard ASAM XIL 2.0 describes a vendor-independent interface between test automation tools and test benches. The included source code provides an implementation of a significant amount of interface functions, which are considered non-competitive. 



ASAM celebrates 15th anniversary

On the occasion of ASAM's 15 annivesary, ASAM is hosting the first ASAM International Conference. More than 100 participants and 17 exhibitors celebrate the 15 year anniversary at the Maritim Hotel in Dresden, Germany.


New ASAM Board of Directors:

  • Hans-Georg Swolana (BMW AG), Chairman
  • Raghavendra Kulkarni (Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd.)
  • Christoph Niessen (Detroit Diesel Corp. - Daimler AG)
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Rieker (HORIBA Europe GmbH)



Member Increase

  • The amount of ASAM members jumps to 132, the highest number in ASAM history.
  • Toyota joins ASAM e.V. as second Japnanese OEM member.
  • General Motors, PSA, and Volvo Cars rejoin ASAM e.V.

JAIG (Japan ASAM Interst Group)

A Japanese ASAM Interest Group (JAIG) is officially established in Tokyo. The goal of JAIG is to study, evaluate and use ASAM standards in the Japanese automotive industry.  


  • ASAM MCD-3 is split up into two independent standards: ASAM MCD-3 MC and ASAM MCD-3D. 
  • ASAM ATX V1.0.0 is realeased




Strong interest in ASAM from Japan

Honda becomes the first OEM member from Japan with the aim to establish a Japanese interest group. Toyota shall follow in 2012. Hino and Nissan in 2014, and Subaru in 2015.


First project initiated outside of Europe

First regional project group in the US is established for creating an ODS companion standard.


New Board of Directors:

  • Mr. Hans-Georg Swolana (BMW AG; Chairman of ASAM e.V.)
  • Mr. Puran Parekh (iASYS Technologies Pvt. Ltd.)
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Rieker (HORIBA Europe GmbH)
  • Dr. Matthias Tschersich (Elektrobit GmbH)



ASAM Office moves to new location

The office of ASAM e.V. moves to a new location in Hoehenkirchen, near Munich, Germany. The new building provides enough meeting rooms and facilities for ASAM activities


Strategic Decision: ASAM Standards for purchase

The Membership Meeting decides to grant free access to ASAM standards for members only. Non-members will have the opportunity to purchase the standards. This strategic decision aims for non-member to contribute to the development costs.



New ASAM Standard

MDF is incorporated into ASAM and firstly released as ASAM MDF.    Read more


New Board of Directors

  • Mr. Manfred Keul (Audi AG; Chairman)
  • Mr. Günther Förstner (Elektrobit GmbH)
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus Rieker (HORIBA Europe GmbH)
  • Mr. Puran Parekh (iASYS Technologies Pvt. Ltd.)
  • First release of ASAM HIL.




ASAM e.V. now counts 116 members. 


Technical Steering Committee

The Technical Steering Committee is founded for the technical controlling of the standard development. It replaces the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). 


New Standards

ASAM LXF (Layout Exchange Format) V1.0.0 is released. 
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New Business Manager

Simon Preis is appointed ASAM Business Manager. He takes over from Frank Bohne.



New Standard

The first version of ASAM FSX (Functional Specification Exchange Format) is released.

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A regional representation in India is established to increase the user and membership base in Asia.


New Board of Dirctors (term 2007 - 2009):

  • Mr. Martin Blanz (DaimlerChrysler AG; Chairman)
  • Dr. George Gillespie (HORIBA Instruments Ltd.)
  • Mr. Fred Nemenski (General Motors Corporation)
  • Mr. Bernd Oeffling (AUDI AG)
  • Dr. Jobst Richert (dSPACE GmbH)



New Standards released:

  • ASAM CDF (Calibration Data Format) Read more
  • ASAM MBFS (Model Based Function Specification) Read more
  • ASAM MDX (Meta Data Exchange Format) Read more

The first official ASAM checkers are released:

  • A2L Checker Read more
  • ODS Model and Data Checker. 


Important members join the association, among them Johnson Controls, MAHLE Test Systems, and Beijing Institute of Technology 



The first Solutions Guide is published containing case studies and a directory of members and ASAM compliant products. 




ASAM LLC is founded as the regional representation of ASAM e.V. in North America.


New Business Manger

Frank Bohne is appointed ASAM Business Manager.


New Board of Directors

  • Mr. Martin Blanz (DaimlerChrysler AG; Chairman)
  • Mr. Fred Nemenski (GM Powertrain - General Motors Corporation)
  • Dr. Jobst Richert (dSPACE GmbH)
  • Mr. Jochen Thym (Softing AG)




ASAM MCD-2 NET (FIBEX) is released for the first time (Data Model for ECU Network Systems / Field Bus Data Exchange Format) 
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ASAM ODS V5.0.0 is accepted by ISO and is published as ISO 22720.


Strategic Decision

The Board of Directors decides to freeze all standards in their current version for 18 months. This should help tool vendors to develop ASAM compliant tools.




New Standard

ASAM MCD-3 (Application Programming Interface Specification) is released for the first time.  Read more



Many companies join the assoication. ASAM now counts more than 100 members, among them companies from USA, Japan, France, and Sweden.


New Board of Directors

  • Mr. Christian Peter (BMW AG; Chairman)
  • Mr. Martin Blanz (DaimlerChrysler AG)
  • Mr. Keith Butler (MTS Systems Corporation)
  • Mr. Juergen Doering (rd electronic gmbh)
  • Mr. Fred Nemenski (General Motors Corporation)



New Standards

  • The first version of ASAM CEA (Components for Evaluation and Analysis) is being released.  Read more
  • MSR standards are being incorporated into ASAM.  



2nd Board of Directors

After the regular term of 2 years, the second Board of Directors is being elected at the annual membership meeting in December 2000. As of January 1st, 2001 the board consists of:

  • Mr. Karl-Heinz Hoenes (DaimlerChrysler AG; Chairman)
  • Mr. Francis Ducroux (Renault SA)
  • Mr. Christian Peter (BMW AG)
  • Mr. Jürgen Döring (rd electronic gmbh)
  • Mr. Thomas Haller (AVL List GmbH)




ASAM attracts its first international OEM members:

  • DENSO Corporation (Japan)
  • Renault SA (France)
  • Ford Motor Company (USA)


Cooperation with ISO

First cooperation with ISO is initiated.


ASAM compliant products

First certified ASAM products are being launched.



ASAM is taking up business

The office of ASAM e. V. (registered association) locates to the Munich area. Hans-Georg Swolana is appointed ASAM Business Manager. The new organization is fully operational as of early 1999.



Foundation of ASAM e.V.

The association ASAM e.V is founded on Dec. 1st, 1998 in Stuttgard Germany on an initiative of German car manufactures AUDI, BMW, Daimler, Porsche VW.

ASAM e.V. is the follow-up organisation for all ASAM and STAUMECS activities. At the fundation meeting, 26 companies joined for the new association.


The very first ASAM Board of Directors consist of:

  • Mr. Karl-Heinz Hönes (DaimlerChrysler AG; Chairman)
  • Mr. Pölsler (Porsche AG)
  • Dr. Langemack (Volkswagen AG)
  • Mr. Jürger Döring (rd electronic gmbh)
  • Dr. Melder (GfS)


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