eeNews Europe: What role does Vector play for you?
Richter: Vector is a shareholder of Baselabs with a minority stake. For us this means that we are independent of all OEMs and Tier Ones, because Vector itself is independent of OEMs and Tier Ones. The second important point for Baselabs: Vector has many years of experience in the automotive sector, both in pre-development and series development, and can support us with expertise. In addition, we gain access to Vector's worldwide sales network.
eeNews Europe: Thus you are independent of OEMs, but not of Vector. Vector has a significant market share.
Richter: Vector has only a minority interest in the capital of Baselabs and therefore also in the voting rights. The majority of voting rights is held by the four founders.
eeNews Europe: This means that they can also cooperate with Vector competitors - such as Elektrobit, to name just one.
Richter: Exactly. We are already doing that. We work with various companies, including Vector's competitors. Some of our products are compatible with various competitor products from Vector. This is what both sides want and support within the framework of our cooperation.
eeNews Europe: Are there any standards for data formats and interfaces in the area in which you are active? For example, if you supply Ford today and Audi or Porsche tomorrow - do OEMs work with standardized data formats and function calls? We see a very heterogeneous sensor environment, and the computing platforms are also very different. Do you have to reinvent the wheel every time?
Richter: From a formal point of view, you're right. Of course, there are quasi-standards where sensor interfaces are very similar, for example in the radar area. However, there are various activities to standardize the sensor interfaces. One of them is part of Autosar, the middleware for series production. There is a special working group there in which Baselabs is involved and which is managed by Baselabs. This group has set itself the task of developing sensor interfaces for automated driving functions and making them available to the community. We are also involved in other activities to promote standardization in the field of data fusion in order to further reduce the costs and development time of future systems. Standards in data fusion will come, everyone will benefit.