Virtual Vehicle

About VIRTUAL VEHICLE

VIRTUAL VEHICLE is an international research and development center which deals with application-oriented vehicle development and future vehicle concepts for road and rail. Currently, around 200 people are employed at the location in Graz, and their expertise enables the efficient development of affordable, safe and environmentally friendly vehicles.

Mission

  • To build a sustainable and durable bridge between science and industry
  • To provide competitive advantages for our clients and partners by fostering a rapid transition of basic research into industrial application
  • To use our position as a major hub of the Styrian R&D network and international research partners to offer post-graduates and highly qualified scientists and researchers a state-of-industry work environment.
  • Technology 2020: To investigate and develop essential new technologies that will be implemented in future automotive and drivetrain concepts.

Goals

The goal of the center is to create a strong, permanent bond between university research and industrial development and thus to foster innovation for the industry. By participating in numerous national and international projects, the company has established itself as a desirable research partner. This has been accomplished not only through the recruitment and training of top researchers, but also by the long-term cooperation with partners from industry and science. One final objective is to promote Styria as an attractive region for international researchers and to strengthen Graz as a research location.

Research Priorities

The key areas of research and development at the VIRTUAL VEHICLE are combining numerical simulation and experimental validation and developing a comprehensive system simulation up to the complete vehicle. The current project landscape ranges from deep investigation of individual technologies (e.g. traction batteries, specific aspects of lightweight, vehicle safety) to projects dedicated to bringing together various individual aspects to create a comprehensive vehicle perspective. The five Research Departments “Integrated Vehicle Development”, “Thermo & Fluid Dynamics”, “NVH & Friction”, “E/E & Software” and “Rail Systems” cover the whole horizon of vehicle development.

International Partner Network

The international partner network of VIRTUAL VEHICLE includes more than 90 industry partners, including Audi, AVL, BMW, MAN, Porsche, Siemens and Volkswagen. In addition, we have a strong cooperative relationship with the Technical University of Graz, which has provided the scientific backbone of the centre since its foundation in the year 2002. Our exclusive group of over 30 other scientific partners includes the Karlsruher Institute of Technology, KTH Stockholm, the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, TU Munich and the Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal.

Funding

VIRTUAL VEHICLE is the holding company of the COMET K2 research program "K2-Mobility - Sustainable Vehicle Technologies", which is active in the field of application-oriented vehicle development. This research program ensures industrial and research projects until at least the end of 2017 and offers an attractive cooperation and research platform for the automotive industry. Apart from activities in the K2-Mobility program, VIRTUAL VEHICLE is also strongly involved in projects being conducted on the national and EU levels.

The long-term goal is to establish a funding structure that is provided in approximately equal shares by the COMET program, industry funding and other resources (e.g. EU projects).

Credo of VIRTUAL VEHICLE

The credo of the VIRTUAL VEHICLE is clear: New mobility concepts must be safe, efficient and affordable. To realize this vision, the center focuses its research activities on the environmental sustainability, safety affordability of mobility concepts.

The VIRTUAL VEHICLE Compliance System

Being a responsible company – this is our foundation. With our compliance system, we want to establish compliance in the minds and actions of all Virtual Vehicle employees.
Business Conduct Guidelines: Download
Code of Conduct: Download

Facts and figures:

  • Founded: 2002
  • Employees: 200
  • Annual turnover: EUR 21 m
  • K2 project budget: EUR 69.5 m (2013-2017)
  • Over 100 successful research projects with leading international research partners

.