The Corona pandemic has posed great challenges for Vector. To protect employees and contribute to limiting the further spread of the virus, most of our employees have been working from their home offices since mid-March. Because there were no trade shows, congresses or other gatherings, Vector organized two big online events: the Vector Virtual Weeks were held in April and November and were well-received and well-rated by approximately 6,500 participants.
The Corona restrictions and general economic uncertainty hardly slowed personnel growth. Vector welcomed 200 new colleagues around the world, who are helping to reduce the complexity of developing embedded systems for our customers.
The new Vector Office Spain was established in Barcelona.
Engineers in the automobile sector focused on technology trends such as autonomous driving, electrification of the drive train and the associated charge management, and continuous integration in all development phases. Another trend is the simultaneous integration of microcontroller- and microprocessor-controlled E/E systems and architectures into vehicles.
Generally, the safety and quality of embedded software in cyber-physical systems is playing an ever more important role, regardless of whether for vehicles, airplanes, medical technology devices or Industry 4.0. This is also changing software developers’ role.
Vector continues to work at full speed to develop tools, software, hardware, and sophisticated solutions that make developing embedded systems easier and thus put engineers on the fast track. Here, CANoe4SW is a versatile software tool that plays a crucial role in developing, testing, and analyzing software in cyber-physical systems - not just in the automobile sector, but across industries. For the first time, Vector is expanding its offerings to include a distribution agreement: Vector is marketing its tool suite for statistical code analysis to the Swabian company Axivion in the USA and China in order to complement its range of software tools.
High-performance measurement technology solutions and charging and charge management software in the e-mobility sector will be put on the market. Intelligent smart logging solutions for ADAS projects will round out Vector's already comprehensive ADAS portfolio.
Products for testing virtual AUTOSAR ECUs and testing driver assistance systems on virtual test drives will help software integrators and test engineers across the whole development process.
With the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, Vector has converted all of its trainings into remote trainings. Many short and basic trainings are being offered free of charge in order to assist our customers. The new Vector training center for more than 200 participants, which features innovative architecture, opened in October without being able to start normal operations.