Over 120 years of research and development

For more than 120 years, we have been investigating fundamental questions of vehicle technology as well as specific applications in our research. As one of only a few public research institutions worldwide, we at the ika are able to research the entire vehicle, including its systems and complex interactions.

Mobility is one of the central basic needs - making it possible for everyone in an ever more complex world is our drive and our task.

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Modern test benches, up-to-date CAE tools and research vehicles form the basis of our application-oriented research.

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Topic-specific training for companies to prepare them for the automotive future.

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Our expertise in research forms the basis for the comprehensive range of courses we offer and the supervision of student work.

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We see the promotion and training of young scientists as one of our essential tasks.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Deutsche Industrie und Forschung schlägt neuen Entwicklungs-Standard

Stuttgart, November 2023 – Die deutsche Automobilindustrie und Forschung hat sich in einem Verbundprojekt mit 22 Partnern…

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Fully automated and driverless

NAfter five years of intensive work, 8 universities and 9 companies today have presented their results to the public. Four…

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Eine offene Software- und Hardware-Architektur für zukünftige Fahrze

Der Einsatz von Elektronik und Software in Personenkraftwagen und Nutzfahrzeugen hat zu zahlreichen Innovationen geführt.…

Monday, January 09, 2023

Attraktive Lebensräume fürs Braunkohlerevier – Projekt BaLSaM hilf

Aachen, 09. Januar 2023: Was wird eigentlich aus den Braunkohlerevieren, wenn die Bagger abrücken? Langfristig sollen…

01-11-2024 17:00 o'clock, ika Seminarraum S206

Shaping Sustainable Urban Mobility. Together.


02-01-2024 17:00 o'clock, t.b.d.

Mobility Meetup



Current events


Automated Driving


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Vehicle Concepts and Design


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Vehicle Concepts and Design


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All our research projects


Research projects

Automated Driving


The EU Hi-Drive project addresses problems that currently stand in the way of the introduction of highly automated driving.…



Heavy-duty vehicles account for about 25 % of EU road transport CO2 emissions and about six percent of total EU emissions.…

Automated Driving


The Project Vehicles and VRU Virtual eValuation of Road Safety (V4Safety) deals with the harmonization of a method for the…

Energy and Drivetrain Management

BEV Goes eHighway

At the beginning of January 2022, the project "BEV Goes eHighway - BEE" was launched. The aim of the project is to further…


Institute for Automotive Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany

+49 241 80 25600

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