The Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH is Europe’s largest R&D center for virtual vehicle technology with 300 employees. Research priority is the linking of numerical simulations and hardware testing, which leads to a powerful HW-SW whole system design and automation of testing and validation procedures. Following this focus on industry-related research VIRTUAL VEHICLE is the innovation catalyst for future vehicle technologies.

The international partner network of VIRTUAL VEHICLE consists of around 100 national and international industrial partners (OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers as well as software providers) as well as over 40 national and international scientific institutions.

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.


Hermann Steffan, Prof.

Scientific Head

Jost Bernasch, Dr.rer.nat.


Gerhard Zrim


 Anton Fuchs

Head of Operations
Head of Department NVH & Information Systems

Ulrike Fleischmann

Head of Legal

Daniel Watzenig


Facts & Figures

In A Nutshell

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


  • Graz University of Technology (34%)
  • AVL List GmbH (16%)
  • MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG (16%)
  • Siemens Mobility Austria GmbH (10%)
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (8%)
  • voestalpine Metal Engineering GmbH (8%)
  • Infineon Technologies AG (8%)


Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH has received funding within COMET Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies from BMK, BMDW, the Province of Styria (Dept. 12) and the Styrian Business Promotion Agency (SFG). The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) has been authorised for the programme management.


Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH

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

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