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Functionality is one of the strongest arguments for buying a car. Where comfort and safety functions are concerned, vehicle manufacturers have to not just constantly improve a vehicle's functions for their discerning customers, but also ensure that they can be directly experienced. No easy task, when we consider the increasing complexity and high degree of variance expected today. Nevertheless, this is a familiar task for us. In the development of vehicle functions, the all-round testing of the attributes of the complete vehicle is our responsibility. These include active and passive safety, longitudinal and lateral dynamics, operational stability, NVH, aerodynamics and aeroacoustics, as well as thermal management, HVAC and cooling. All with one aim: to improve vehicle functions for you and your customers.

Another element of our part in the function development process is guaranteeing the integration of the restraint system and heating and air conditioning components: from geometrical integration, to system supplier management, and finally to approval recommendation.

Vehicle safety

"Integral safety" is the coordinated interaction of active and passive safety requirements, and therefore compliance with the relevant safety requirements, including certification. For us, it means even more: our vehicle safety experts are already involved during the concept phase. A great advantage, as most of the modifications made to the vehicle's structure and interior components at this stage influence the deformation characteristics of the car in the event of a crash.


In turn, the front end package and design of its body in white and exterior parts influence the achievement of objectives in pedestrian protection and, to some extent, in passenger safety, too.

It is also, for instance, possible to use sensor data from active safety systems such as distance control or braking assistants etc. to pre-condition systems for passive safety or to activate them earlier.

The added value to you: greater safety for your customers and smooth, uncomplicated approval and homologation procedures.

Component development and integration

From the concept phase through to start of production, we optimise the function, cost and deadlines of the component families, seat belts, airbags, steering wheel and rollover protection system at module level. And, of course, integrate them in the complete vehicle. For seat belt anchorage, relay mechanism or windowbags: we are your experts for the integration of complex components.


Pedestrian Protection

When it comes to vehicle safety, it is no longer enough to concentrate on the passengers alone. In order to guarantee the safety of both the driver and other road users, it is necessary to keep an eye on everything that is going on around the vehicle. This means that, for us, pedestrian protection is a key element of vehicle development.


Our expert knowledge, which begins with project management and simulation, covers all areas through to testing on our fully equipped test stands. At many sites, and also close to you.

We offer the following solutions and services to meet your needs:

  • Project and supplier management
  • Support with type approval and during the certification process
  • Development of active systems (bonnet, airbag)
  • Sensor layout
  • Component localisation
  • Test management and test coordination in our fully equipped test laboratories
  • Parts logistics
  • Test field definition in software (Ansa, Generator, Cava) and hardware
  • Simulation and validation (Radioss, PAM-Crash, LS-Dyna, Abaqus)
  • Deformation analysis and worst case point definition

Acoustics, vibration and driving comfort

Interior acoustics and comfort play a decisive role in the driving experience in modern vehicles. Only if the car is as noise-free as possible and delivers maximum vibroacoustic and driving comfort will it make a positive lasting impression on the customer.


We attach a great deal of importance to a pleasant driving experience, and are therefore working on the acoustic and vibration-related qualities of modern cars. Our aim is to consciously design the vehicle's sounds in line with vehicle character and the overall concept. An aim that meets the requirements of discerning automobile customers.

We offer the following solutions and services to meet your needs:

  • Attributes of the complete vehicle, NVH, exterior acoustics
  • Transfer path analysis on the complete vehicle
  • Sub-attributes vital to the vibration and driving comfort, including structural dynamics, lightweight construction, cabriolet development, powertrain NVH, sound engineering, chassis NVH and chassis comfort coordination, aeroacoustics, insulation/damping, interior acoustics, seat comfort and squeak and rattle prevention.
  • Process chain from product definition, brand engineering, concept development, virtual functional design, engineering, testing and approval


The point of aerodynamics is to make it possible for a vehicle to travel against the wind with as little air resistance as possible. This is enormously important, as experts see aerodynamic optimisation - along with many other improvements relating to weight and engine efficiency - as an effective way of reducing fuel consumption. Expert knowledge is required here, as it is important to analyse the effects on vehicle handling, but also, for instance, on pedestrian protection. The latter sometimes conflicts with vehicle superstructures, which are becoming flatter and more streamlined.


As a supplier of solutions, we have an Aerodynamics department to individually adjust your vehicles so that they are less affected by aerodynamic forces. In such a way that the various requirements of today's automobiles are still met. Inside and out.

In addition, we have also developed special knowledge and competencies in the aeroacoustics field for cabriolets with soft tops and RHT roof systems, engine compartment air flow, thermal management, underbody dynamics, brake cooling and and ways of improving vehicle soiling.