The aim of OSEK/VDX is an industry standard for open architectures in vehicles. Originally founded as a Franco - German joint project, OSEK/VDX is now drawing worldwide attention. In the project, services and protocols are specified to standardize Communication, Network Management and a real-time Operating System. Its architecture offers a network-independent interface while taking into account the constraints of automotive applications in terms of size and cost. A structured and modular software implementation based on standardized interfaces and protocols as proposed by OSEK/VDX is a necessary condition for portability and extendibility, and thus reusability of existing software. An overview of the current status of OSEK/VDX is presented. This includes specifications of the three mentioned parts, the Modistarc project covering methodologies and tools for conformance testing of commercial OSEK/VDX implementations, system generation efforts in a recently specified OSEK/VDX Implementation Language called OIL and harmonization process with ISO.