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.

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…

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Introducing LENS, a new Horizon Europe project on noise and air pollut

Aachen, 27.10.2022: LENS (L-vehicles Emissions and Noise mitigation Solutions) is a 36-months project funded by the Horizon…

06-06-2023 10:00 o'clock, Unigelände

bonding InstitutsMarkt 2023


06-15-2023 18:00 o'clock, Hauptgebäude RWTH Aachen, Hörsaal I (Raum 101)

Was studiert man denn hier?


06-29-2023 16:00 o'clock, Institut für Kraftfahrzeuge

Semesterabschlussgrillen 2023



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 6GEM consortium, comprising of five universities and four research institutions and coordinated by RWTH Aachen University,…

Vehicle Concepts and Design


In the vehicle development process, requirements form the basis for functions, principles of operations and solutions, right…

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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