Software is a bigger factor in automotive design than steel or glass, exceeding more than a third of total auto production costs, according to a survey by VDC (www.vdc-corp.com/embedded/press/03/pr03-82.html). Software development costs now average 38 percent of production, up from 26 percent in 1999. The rise of electronics to control fuel economy, safety, and other aspects of driving push up labor costs and software licensing costs.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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