Standardization is the trend in the development of automotive electronics. A key aim of open architectures, configurable components and harmonized exchange formats is to let developers focus more on the development and reuse of innovative and product differentiating functions. In recent years, a number of independent standards have been created, all of which have affected processes and tools for diagnostic development – in particular ODX and AUTOSAR. At the same time, the systematic capture, management and tracking of requirements took hold, which also had a significant impact on processes, methods and tools. Is it possible to do without one or more standards? Is there a super-standard? Or can the standards and methods be combined with one another effectively and efficiently?