Leading European car manufacturers have chosen Automotive SPICE as the binding standard for their suppliers’ processes. The model consists of a structured collection of best practices from the car manufacturing industry and includes industry-specific models for the development of systems, software, hardware, and mechanics.Back to ASPICE
Automotive SPICE® is an established framework model in control unit development that enables companies to evaluate and improve their processes. The industry-specific standard was developed in 2005 by the VDA’s Quality Management Center, with the involvement of experts from UL Solutions. The model is currently in its fourth generation. Automotive SPICE® is also used in other sectors, such as in the development of construction machinery, tools, or refrigerators.
improving the quality of their systems,
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) has identified sixteen key processes, known as the VDA Scope. This scope is based on software-based system development and includes not only development processes, but also management and support processes, such as project control and procurement.
In order to leverage the benefits of Automotive SPICE® in the development of mechatronics systems, ASPICE is designed as a plug-in model: Development processes for other engineering disciplines can be added. Experts from UL Solutions are actively involved in the plug-in development.
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The system can measure whether a work process is being adhered to and incorporated into daily practices. In this context, Automotive SPICE® utilizes a series of levels: A level denotes the capability level that a process has achieved. Each process is ascribed a level from zero to five. To achieve a particular level, the relevant model elements from Automotive SPICE® must be implemented in their appropriate form.
Numerous car manufacturers deploy Automotive SPICE® for screening and risk-assessing their suppliers, which must demonstrate a particular maturity level in terms of the relevant processes. Whether or not a company has achieved the required level is ascertained by means of the assessment. This highlights the company’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as making recommendations for improvements. Assessments are only recognized in the automotive industry if they are carried out by specialists. The VDA utilizes the INTACS® Industrial Training system to certify these specialists.
In addition to the new workflow processes, often a change in corporate culture is required before a new level can be attained. The improvement is therefore time-consuming to implement. In a larger-scale automotive organization, the measures needed to achieve and sustainably maintain level three typically extend over several years.
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