The transformation occurring in the automotive sector shows no signs of stopping and the requirements of the supplier industry are becoming increasingly complex, especially for electromechanical systems. One of the greatest challenges here is the significantly growing data streams within the vehicle. To handle these data streams, new concepts and solutions are now needed – including in the area of electromechanical systems, where the task for the next connector generations is to support the new architectures. The second major challenge is that future systems – and therefore connectors – will frequently have to be able to transmit quite high powers. Continuous loads of up to 20 A and peak currents of over 40 A are no rarity here and clearly reflect the growing user profile. ‘Hot plug’ and ‘always on’ have also long had a place in OEMs’ requirements specifications.