No, a Versa, a Fit and a Yaris aren’t about to share the exact same architecture, but this latest collaboration could see a little more consistency among automakers. Japanese car manufacturers have teamed up to produce a standardized car operating system. All cars have rather complex computer systems in them these days and standardization could make life a lot easier for mechanics and consumers.
As you know, the computer inside of a car has to manage a wide range of different things, like controlling fuel injection, power steering, air bag deployment, and so on. This “operating system for automotive electronics” will be jointly developed by 10 automakers in Japan, including Toyota, Nissan, and Honda, as well as companies like Denso and Toshiba.
A similar initiative has already been launched by European automakers — BMW, Daimler, etc. — and their prototype should be ready in 2008. The Japanese prototype OS is planned for 2009 with a market-ready version to be produced in the next 5-10 years.