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ASAM 2016: Looking Back on a Successful Year

19 Dec 2016

As the year draws to a close, the ASAM office would like to thank you for your support and cooperation in 2016. It was a pleasure working with you. We are very much looking forward to an exciting new year with many new ideas and successful projects. We wish you, your families, and beloved ones a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous year 2017. - Read about what has happend in 2016

ASAM standards become smart: Capturing expert knowledge

This year, ASAM has released two completely new standards. These standards, ASAM CPX and ASAM MCD-2 CERP, provide the foundation of a new class of tools commonly known as “Calibration Expert Systems”. They help to capture expert knowledge applied in the ECU calibration process. 

ASAM CPX provides a common language and exchange format that formally describes calibration processes. ASAM MCD-2 CERP expresses plausibility and parameter dependency rules, which can be executed during the calibration process to ensure their adherence. Thus, expert systems help to manage the increasing complexity of ECU development. They have the potential to shorten the development time, improve calibration quality, and reduce the costs of ECU development. ASAM tool vendors have started to develop tools based on these new standards.

New topics

Our members continue to actively bring new topics to ASAM for standardization. This year, Cummins Inc. initiated a new domain of interest broadly described as "Telematics". The proposed focus is regarding the secure transmission of in-service vehicle data to the End User for use in the development cycle as well as for prognostic and diagnostic purposes. Many ASAM and non-ASAM members met to discuss, collaborate, and prioritize topics, and eventually selected two initial candidate topics: "Authentication and Authorization of Telematics Boxes within Vehicle Infrastructures" and "Vehicle-to-Cloud Interfaces". Both topics are still in the "Ideation" Phase.

The ASAM Office provides services to guide the documentation of these ideas, to survey the interest from the global marketplace, and to host workshops to drive the idea to the Proposal Phase. 

ASAM opens standardization processes to engage more members

We are confident that more expert contribution ultimately leads to increasingly useful, high quality and better accepted standards. For that reason, ASAM aims to grow member involvement in the standardization process. ASAM has reworked the standard development process with the goal to enable members to provide input and influence the standard development, even when not actively participating in a project group.

Development Process Member Participation

All members are invited to provide their input at:

  • Proposal Workshops (new standards and major version releases):
    Members can bring in use-cases, features and requirements. They can also determine whether participation in the project group is useful for them.
  • Proposal Publications (all projects):
    Members can comment and ask for consideration of certain features or requirements.
  • Public Draft Reviews (new standards and major version releases):
    Members have the opportunity to read the upcoming standard and provide feedback. The project group considers the feedback prior to the release of the standard, potentially correcting errors or improving the technical content.

This new standardization process creates more transparency and permits all members to provide their input at critical times during the development process. Those opportunities will be regularly communicated in the newsletter. 


For several years, we have observed a strong interest in ASAM from companies abroad. Members from Europe, US, Japan and India bring in further expertise, global use cases, and new ideas and thus contribute to the quality and the usefulness of ASAM standards.

The ASAM Office has recently received the first change requests from Japan. A revision version development project has already been approved by the TSC. In parallel, a group of Japanese OEMs is working on the concept for a new ASAM standard.

In the recent past, US members have developed an Associate Standard to ASAM ODS V5.3. and initiated a concept project on “Big Data Technologies for ASAM ODS”. This concept project has grown into a truly international project with involvement of both American and European companies. And this year, Cummins has initiated the ideation process in a new domain of interest: Telematics (see “New Topics”) 

We are very proud of these developments and believe that internationalization will pay off. 

New Members 

In the past six years, we have seen an immense member growth. 

Membership Growth 1998 - 2016

In 2016, 22 member companies joined ASAM, many of them companies from abroad. 

New Members 2016 - Composition

This increase in membership proves the strong market relevance of our standards. It shows that particularly now, where the industry is facing new technological challenges, our standards help to keep the “basic tasks” running and pave the way for future needs. 

It also reminds us of the beginning of ASAM when forward-looking experts jointly created standards in Automotive Electronics and Computer Aided Testing. ASAM standards have accompanied the automotive electrification process from the beginning when the first electronic control units (ECUs) made their way into the car. They have also significantly influenced validation and verification processes. 

Right now, ASAM is at a new crossroad.  Electrification of vehicles, ADAS, Autonomous driving, mobility, logistics, and security are topics at every conference and directly interact with our standards. 

With your help, we will continue to support and shape automotive development and testing processes. We are looking forward to your ideas, use cases, concerns and challenges.