Automotive Engineering

The main research topic of FZD is Automotive Systems Engineering and its methods.

Automotive Engineering


In the field of Automated Driving, we want to support a safe introduction through work on function and especially safety assurance. The Validation Methodology is also deployed in various other fields, naming the example of Artificial Intelligence Application for assistance and automation functions.

In the field of Chassis Systems, new mechatronic system concepts are investigated and the reasons for judder and crack development behavior of brake discs are analyzed. The motorcycle research represents a specialty, as FZD is the only university chair in Germany with a long tradition in this field. The focus of current research are concepts for Motorcycle Rider Assistance.

With innovative Driving Simulation Concepts, the possibilities to apply driving simulators are expanded to urbane scenarios and applications for motorcycles.


In education, we attach special importance to the understanding of functional principles and context. Our students learn scientific precision and objectiveness, and are practiced in being critical with their own as well as foreign results. Within our research, the consideration of the entire system driver-vehicle-environment is paramount. We systematically create concepts and methods with the required technology independent from the limits of a specific discipline.

With our competence in the areas of vehicle mechanics and mechatronics, we solve many problems autarkic. Additionally, we cooperate with other disciplines to achieve a broader expertise for our projects and to support interdisciplinary exchange.


FZD is an automotive engineering research institution within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD). FZD was founded on November 1, 1977 by Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Bert Breuer. In 2002 the chairmanship was taken over by Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Hermann Winner.

Before taking over the chairmanship of the institute, Professor Winner worked for Robert Bosch GmbH in the advanced and product development with Driver Assistance Systems as main area and led Adaptive Cruise Control to production start.