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…

04-18-2024 17:00 o'clock, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge

Mobility Meetup: Herausforderungen der freihändigen Überwachung von Fahrerassistenz


04-25-2024 08:00 o'clock, Test track and buildings of ika

Girls' Day 2024


05-14-2024 11:00 o'clock, AachenMünchener Halle (Aula1), Hauptgebäude der RWTH Aachen

bonding InstitutsMarkt 2024



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

Vehicle Concepts and Design


As part of the research project "ULAS-E-VAN" ("UltraLight Body Structure of an Electric VAN"), 9 partners are developing…

Vehicle Concepts and Design


KAI unites the leading and internationally operating German companies and research institutions in the field of vehicle interiors,…


Digital twin road

In the Collaborative Research Centre 339 "Digital Twin of the Road System" of the German Research Foundation (DFG), various…

Automated Driving


Safety assurance of Cooperative, Connected, and Automated Mobility (CCAM) technologies and systems is a crucial factor for…


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

+49 241 80 25600

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