In early April, DailyTech
reported on Toyota's efforts to create an in-car operating
system for its vehicles. Toyota's plan was to create a base operating
system that could be used in all of its vehicles with plug-ins for vehicle-specific
Today the Yomiuri
Shimbun reports that Toyota's efforts will be rolled into joint OS
development team composed of both technology companies and auto manufacturers.
Toyota along with Nissan, Honda, Denso and Toshiba will form the Japan
Automotive Software Platform Architecture (JasPar).
Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry plans to
allocate 1 billion yen ($8.41 million USD) for the project during fiscal year
2008. A prototype for the OS is planned for fiscal year 2009 and commercial
availability is expected before the end of the next decade.
Japanese-based companies are not the only ones looking to
develop a far-reaching automotive OS. BMW, Mercedes and other European Union
(EU) auto manufacturers are developing an in-car OS which will reach the
prototype phase in 2008.
The competing Japanese and European operating systems will
help to drive down the costs associated with manufacturing automobiles. It is
estimated that electronic components and software are responsible for 20
percent of overall productions costs for modern automobiles and close to 50
percent for hybrids such as Toyota’s Prius.