VIRTUAL VEHICLE is a leading international research and development center for the automotive and rail industries, located in Graz, Austria. The center focuses on the advanced virtualization of development. An essential element is the linking of numerical simulations and hardware testing which leads to a powerful HW-SW system design.

VIRTUAL VEHICLE’s international partner network consists of:

  • 80+ international industrial partners (OEMs, Tier 1 & Tier 2 suppliers, software vendors)
  • 40+ international scientific institutions

VIRTUAL VEHICLE is the largest COMET funded research center and is also active in 30+ EU-projects. Furthermore VIRTUAL VEHICLE offers a broad portfolio of contract research for the vehicle development.

VIRTUAL VEHICLE stands for technical performance, innovation and reliability


Innovation from scientific and technical excellence

We enable our clients to achieve a decisive technological lead, thanks to our innovative power, our effective integration in the European research platform, our global and close cooperation with the best universities and corporate R&D departments, and ultimately thanks to our scientific excellence. We create value by shaping the digitalisation of vehicle development and by connecting the virtual and real worlds. The foundation for this is our team of highly qualified and committed staff.

The spirit of partnership supported by mutual trust

The close cooperation with industry and the scientific community is not just a tradition at VIRTUAL VEHICLE, it is also the foundation for the success of the research center. This allows us to deliver research and development results with determination and drive. We assume personal responsibility for the joint effort to successfully complete whatever we have started.

Balanced interdisciplinary teams

The world around us is becoming more complex and is turning faster. Key words and expressions such as digitalisation, changing values and dynamic market development are in continuous daily use. Whoever tries to describe these complex thought structures with just one word would call it “VUCA world”. Industrially-oriented research and innovative technological developments are the prerequisites for our competitiveness in this world. Balanced and interdisciplinary teams allow VIRTUAL VEHICLE to offer expert knowledge, creativity and innovative perspectives for the development future vehicles.

Turning great ideas into great performance

Our goals are to deliver the best possible performance and to continuously improve what we do. In this respect, VIRTUAL VEHICLE is broadly and sustainably anchored internationally and thus contributes to bringing focus to the profile of the international research community involved in vehicle development.
We act with proprietary patents, our own congresses and lead communities in order to increase our international visibility. Furthermore we are a recognised partner in 30+ European research projects, we have the overall lead in many EU projects and also help to initiate and form European lead projects.


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Bernasch, Jost, Dr.rer.nat.

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Zrim, Gerhard, Dipl.-Ing., ppa.


Ofenheimer, Aldo, Dr., MBA, ppa.
Head of OBD


Steffan, Hermann, Prof.
Scientific Head

Facts & Figures

In A Nutshell

  • Founded in 2002
  • 215 Employees
  • Virtualization of the vehicle development
  • From funded research to R&D contract work
  • Operating Income: 22 Mio. EUR


  • Graz University of Technology (40%)
  • AVL List GmbH (19%)
  • MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG (19%)
  • Siemens Mobility GmbH (12%)
  • Joanneum Research Forschungs-GmbH (10%)


VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center – Headquarter

Kompetenzzentrum – Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug
Forschungsgesellschaft mbH


Inffeldgasse 21a
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 9001
Fax: +43 316 873 9002

VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center – Germany

Kompetenzzentrum – Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug
Forschungsgesellschaft mbH


Grosjeanstraße 2
81925 München
Phone: +49 89 944 17699 1


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