Current research focuses at the Institute of Vehicle Safety at Graz University of Technology are the safety of vehicles with varying degrees of automation, the safety of vulnerable road users, the safety of alternatively powered vehicle concepts and the analysis of specific leisure and sports accidents.
The basic principles required for this are developed through basic research in the interdisciplinary fields of "Safety aspects of electrical energy storage systems", "Accident research", "Modelling of human beings with a focus on trauma biomechanics" and "Structural behaviour of (bio)materials in a crash. In each of these fundamental areas, investigations are carried out both by means of numerical simulations (e.g. explicit finite element simulations) and experiments. A large number of data analysis methods (e.g. machine learning) are also used, which are constantly being improved.