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V3.1 ASPICE – 1 – Overview

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E-Learning Course V3.1 ASPICE – 1 – Overview

1 h 05 min
Study Time
5 h 25 min


E-Learning Automotive SPICE® – General Introduction (25 min)

  • Reasons for the introduction of Automotive SPICE®
  • Relation to other standards

E-Learning Automotive SPICE® – Process and Assessment Model (40 min)

  • How does Automotive Spice® work?
  • Example: MAN.3 project management


The target of this course is to understand ASPICE and to get to know the purpose of this standard.

This e-learning is for those who are considering the possibilities of implementing ASPICE in their projects, who need to implement ASPICE or who join a project where the Automotive SPICE® standard is already implemented.



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The name Automotive SPICE®, or short ASPICE, stands for “Automotive Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination”. It is a standard in the automotive industry. ASPICE is based on the current version of the ISO/IEC 330xx series and has defined its own Process Reference Model (PRM) and Process Assessment Model (PAM). The model includes processes for analyzing, evaluating, and improving system developments.
ASPICE makes a distinction between two levels: the process dimension and the maturity dimension. The maturity dimension defines – according to the ISO/IEC 330xx series – six process capability levels. These so-called capability levels cover levels from 0 to 5. In the process dimension with the current version 3.1, a total of 32 processes from all relevant areas are described. They cover the complete development process. In the VDA Scope, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) also determines highly important processes.

Why Is ASPICE Needed?

ASPICE allows structured and therefore effective work. It creates traceability in the development process and has become established as a standard. This standard is required by customers when assigning projects and is also specifically controlled during the ongoing process. This means that certification according to ASPICE is currently more or less mandatory in the automotive industry. To achieve this, companies must provide evidence of work products and have their processes authorized by auditors.
In this context, functional safety is a highly relevant topic and plays an increasingly important role. Also, the product liability for safety-related topics has gained in significance. ASPICE is very practical here and guarantees quality assurance. Those who develop according to ASPICE automatically fulfill numerous requirements for the IATF 16949 standard, ISO 9001, and ISO 26262.

How Is ASPICE Related to Embedded Systems?

ASPICE describes the development process of embedded systems in the automotive environment.

What Can You Learn About the ASPICE Concepts in the Embedded Academy E-Learning?

The course “Automotive SPICE® V3.1 – Overview” is divided into two e-learning units and provides basic knowledge about Automotive SPICE.

The first E-Learning provides reasons that speak for Automotive SPICE and introduces further standards that are relevant to the topic of Automotive SPICE.

The second E-Learning provides an overview of the contents of the process model. The Process Reference Model (PRM) and the Process Assessment Model (PAM) are explained in detail. The concept of the standard is explained using an example process.