ASPICE is the adaptation of SPICE, the Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (also known as ISO/IEC 15504), to the automotive industry. In 1993, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) developed SPICE as an assessment method of software processes. It enables assessors to objectively determine an organization's ability to deliver software products effectively and reliably.
ASPICE accordingly defines a best practice process landscape for developing automotive software packages. Projects and concepts are designed to be manageable and produce guaranteed, dependable, predictable reliability and results. The certification ranges from level 0 (no or only partial achievement of the quality specifications) to 5 (complete mastery of the specifications and permanent optimization of the process).
In reality, implementation is highly demanding: At level 1, for example, it is not only necessary to check and fulfill every requirement for the product in the current software project, but also to exclude additional undesired functions. The requirements must be broken down to the most minor subsets and documented in a traceable manner across all process steps (traceability).