About us - Institute CAR - CenterAutomotiveResearch

With the "Disruptive Innovations" electromobility, autonomous driving and the sharing economy, the pattern of the automotive and supplier industry is changing dramatically. In order to better understand these patterns and to participate in the optimization, we have significantly expanded the CAR Institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. In the new CAR, mobility research activities are now being bundled six chairs, which in total have more than 100 employees in the research business.

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer Automotive Economics

The focus of the work is on economic relationships and value drivers in the industry. A special focus is on the acceptance research of innovations. Through appropriate experiment design research questions of the following kind are answered: Which legal, ethical or social developments influence the dissemination of innovative products? Which willingness to pay show different target groups for innovative products and services? How can test panels for mobile services and Internet-based distribution systems be tested for marketability? The work on the economic contexts focuses on the topics of regulation, environmental requirements, competitiveness and incentive patterns. The chair has a long-standing and extremely extensive independent database built on a monthly basis (discount reports) on incentives.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Schramm Mechatronics

The Department of Mechatronics researches vehicle systems, electromobility, development of driving simulators, assisted driving and driving dynamics. Assistance systems focus on HMI and "Machine Learning Methods", which are also used in driving dynamics. Electromobility has been researched for over 10 years. Here's the chair decisively involved in the fleet project PREMIUM and the car-sharing project RuhrAuto E. Trips of hundreds of vehicles were recorded with data loggers and scientifically evaluated. In addition, vehicles from partners in China are also recorded. The collection of objective fleet data is supplemented by driving simulators as well as the simulation of traffic flows. The objective of the study is the impact of electric drives and assistance systems on complex traffic situations.