Autosar has appointed Alain Gilbert, a PSA/Peugeot-Citroen electronics expert as its new spokesman.

Gilbert, who leads PSA’s ECU development and software architecture, takes over from supplier Continental’s Stefan Bunzel. The job of Autosar spokesman rotates every nine months.

Autosar, which stands for Automotive Open System Architecture, is a worldwide development partnership of carmakers, suppliers and companies from the electronics, semiconductor and software industries. The group strives to build a standardized software architecture for the auto industry.

Autosar is getting ready for conformance tests for its release 4.0.2. “This is a big step towards the interoperability of basic software modules and the continuity of the standard,” Gilberg said in a statement.

He added that 2011 is also an important year because Autosar intends to strengthen its ties with fast-growing automotive countries China and India.