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Automotive System Architecture. An initiative of the automotive industry towards standardisation of software in ECUs.


Categories to divide control units based on their intended use: chassis, powertrain, telematics, body.

Balanced Scorecard

BSC is a procedure for transforming organisation's visions and strategies into objectives and indicators. The key idea is to set interfaces between financial objectives and performance perspectives related to customers, internal processes and employees.

Uncertainty balance (for one measurement or one calibration) /5/

Table summarising estimate results, or statistical analyses of uncertainty elements which contribute to the uncertainty of measurement results.


Deadlock means that a programme is locked from further operation because two or more separate processes are queuing for action of another process.


Brainstorming (or brainwriting) is a simple method of collecting ideas or potential solution proposals. The aim is to collect as many and unusual ideas/solutions as possible, without commentaries (e.g. through interviews or cards) so that these can later be subjected to evaluation.

CAQ System

CAQ System is an umbrella term designating information systems designed specifically to support quality management processes (Computer Aided Quality Assurance).

Certification body

(general) Body that conducts certification.

Quality objective

DIN EN ISO 9000:2005. Reference to a VDA publication (if the definition is specific to a particular publication, different from it, or complementary to an applicable standard): VDA volume 13. Condition related to specified or expected product characteristics and qualities which are to be achieved. Achievement of an objective shall be measurable.

Sensitivity of evidence

Lower limit of detectability.

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