Note: There is a newer version of this specification see VEC 2.1.0

Defines the common agreed values for the Types of a NetworkNode.

General Information

Attribute Value
Owner net
Applied Stereotype OpenEnumeration

Enumeration Literals

Name Description
ECU Electronic Control Unit. An electronic control unit (ECU) is any embedded system in automotive electronics that controls one or more of the electrical systems or subsystems in a vehicle.
Sensor A sensor is a device that detects changes to the environment and sends them as information to other devices (e.g. an ECU).
Actuator An actuator is a device that is responsible for controlling or moving a mechanism.
CouplingDevice A CouplingDevice is the (virtual) device that separates / connects two or more wiring harnesses. "Virtual" because it can be interpreted as a device / interface definition between the harnesses, where one harness behaves like an E/E component form the point of view of the other harness.
EnergyStorage A device that stores energy in some kind of way (e.g. a battery).
Generator A device that can generate energy.

A device that distributes power to other devices (e.g. a fuse box).


A "Switch" is a device that can change its internal connectivity in reaction to some external action (e.g. connect / disconnect some pins). A switch has no "active" logic (in contrast to an ECU).



Defines that this NetworkNode is the end point for some unconnected nets that require wires and routings in the resulting harness (e.g. an antenna). A NetworkNode of this type is used whenever nets shall not be connected (on one side).


Defines that this NetworkNode is a grounding point.