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  • Expertise enables innovation

    Since the first motorized vehicle was released the market well over 125 years ago, the automotive industry has found itself in a constant transition. Research and development have contributed to state of the art vehicles and road safety like we know them today. Automotive testing is an important element in these developments.

    As a neutral and independent testing organization, DEKRA has been active in research and development of vehicles and road safety for decades. With decades of experience in, for example, homologation, validation testing, crash testing, emission tests, passive safety and more, we offer a wide range of services for OEMs, tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers and other players in the automotive industry. And by pairing our expertise in automotive with our knowledge in connectivity technologies, we provide you with a unique foundation to integrate new safety uses cases, features, services and other private business models into all kinds of vehicles. 

    With test track locations in Europe, specialized testing laboratories around the world and experts in the development of testing methodologies, DEKRA is your partner in the automotive development chain supporting you with your development work.

     

     

    • Homologation and crash testing

      DEKRA Klettwitz
      +49 35754 7344 500
      datc@dekra.com

    • Connected driving

      DEKRA Málaga
      +34 95 261 9820
      wireless.global.es@dekra.com

    • Endurance and validation testing

      DEKRA Narbonne
      +33 468 422 232

  • Why DEKRA?

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    Automotive heritage

    With almost a century of experience in the automotive industry, DEKRA understands your product development cycle. Thanks to our expertise in, among others, homologation and validation testing and experience with open road, circuit and lab testing, we are ready to support you.

    Worldwide circuits and labs

    Circuits, labs and open roads around the world

    By using our connected car test area, proving ground and race track, multiple testing laboratories, open road testing experience, crash test center and e-mobility testing facilities you have the perfect outlay for a successful product development, validation, homologation and launch. 

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    Experts in test methodologies

    Designing your own testing methodologies to perform validation testing can be a challenging task. Our experts are here to help you out. With decades of experience in developing test plans and research set-ups for many different automotive products and vehicles, we help you perform the necessary validation to meet the quality demands your customers are looking for. 

  • Homologation

    DEKRA performs tests on whole vehicles and components and tests the driving dynamics and passive safety systems of vehicles. Our homologation and type approval services help you make sure that your vehicles, components and driver assistant systems meet the relevant regulations and market requirements. Throughout the type approval process, there are several possibilities:

    SERVICES DETAILED

    Vehicle type approval and homologation

    EC full operating license

    General type approval for small series

    Sample reports for single vehicle operating licenses

    Vehicle parts, components, and accessories

    Approval tests

    Approval tests pursuant to manufacturer specifications sheets

    Integration tests

    Driving dynamics tests

    Test to support as per manufacturer specifications

    Testing that driver assistant systems work

    Quality assurance

    Conformity of production

    Investigations into causes of damage

    Ground for complaint

    Benchmarking 

    Driving dynamics properties

    Comfort

    Performance

    Product comparisons on the aftermarket

     

    Validation testing

    DEKRA offers validation and endurance testing for those manufacturers who are looking to test their products under real-life conditions or collect data around the world. Based on customer requirements, we design the exact methodology needed to test your products, not only in our laboratories, but also on the open road. With over 130 test drivers and 4 European locations, we drive over 20 million kilometers annually to perform open road and test track validation testing, allowing our customers to validate their tires, vehicles and other types of equipment and functions under many different circumstances around the globe.

    In addition, DEKRA helps you source any vehicle you may need for, for example, an open road test or a launch event. We also offer support for new product or vehicle launch events.

    • What we test

      • Complete vehicle (whole vehicle type approval)
      • Software and electronics
      • Automotive lighting
      • System and transmission components
      • Chassis
      • Tires
      • Infrastructure
      • Accessory, components, and systems
      • Engine components
      • Prototypes

    • Accreditations & recognitions

      • CHADEMO
      • CCS
      • IEC 61851
      • EV Ready
      • ZE Ready
      • OC PP
      • UN 38.3
      • SAE

  • Our services in detail

    Homologation

    DEKRA puts quality at the beginning. By performing the homologation of your products and vehicles, we help you ensure that your vehicle, components, driver assistants and more meet the applicable international or country-specific regulations. We can already help you involve the relevant quality standards in the development of new vehicles and components, making sure you are well-prepared for when your products needs to go to market.

    In addtion, DEKRA's product testing powerhouse has one of the very few specialized automotive lighting test labs that operates across the globe from our base in Europe. With the support of an international branch network, our photometric laboratory undertakes full testing programs. We take care of the entire process for you, saving you the hassle of submitting test samples to different laboratories. Among the services we provide are:

    • Vehicle type approval and homologation

    • Vehicle parts, components and accessories

    • Driving dynamic tests

    • Quality assurance

    • Benchmarking

    Crash testing

    Improving safety on our roads has been a matter of importance to DEKRA for over 90 years. This includes testing and assessing the passive safety of all motor vehicles. DEKRA crash test center carries out both development-accompanying and homologation crash tests on behalf of authorities and vehicle manufacturers and thus puts all types of vehicles to the test.

    DEKRA’s team of experts is your experienced partner when it comes to testing the required safety of means of transportation. We have tested vehicles in crash tests since 1978, thus contributing a significant part to vehicle and road safety in Europe. In addition to passenger cars, DEKRA also performs crash tests with vans, heavy commercial vehicles, and two-wheelers. We perform among others:

    • Standard crash tests

    • Consumer crash tests

    • Crash tests for racing

    • Crash tests for accident reconstruction

    • Crash tests on road equipment

    • Other crash tests

    Passive safety

    We test the functionality and capacity for approval of all passive safety systems on the car body as well as interior and exterior components. Our range of services includes every relating to passive safety and child safety and covers all legal requirements for national and international approval procedures. With highly modern impact sleds and acceleration sleds, we put material and components to the test. Possible safety gaps can thus be detected and eliminated. Among our services are:

    • Catapult testing

    • Test sled/child safety

    • Traction equipment

    • Pedestrian protection

    • Drop tower

    • Cargo securing

    • Strength tests

    Validation and endurance testing

    DEKRA performs validation and endurance testing in real-life conditions for tires, vehicles, equipment and more. We perform validation tests on open roads and on more than 100 circuits and tracks validated by our customers. By designing the testing methdology, we determine user profiles, rolling profiles, theoretical circuits and more.

    With a team specialized in external missions, DEKRA helps customers perform testing and collect data worldwide according to their specifications using cameras, radars and lidars. Missions are performed around the world based on your demands and cover all aspects, from the organization, local recruitment of test drivers and training to data management, acquisition and technical support.

    Validating your equipment or vehicles may require the supply of additional vehicles or parts; DEKRA helps you with a large supplier network based on strong relationships in the automotive industry. DEKRA's over 130 daily test drivers perform validation and endurance testing for more than 20 million kilometers per year. With 4 bases in Europe, there's always a test site close to your premises. 

    Vehicle sourcing and events

    We can also help you with vehicle sourcing and various types of automotive events. With an extensive network around the globe, we can source any type of vehicle you may need for testing or for other types of events. In addition, our experts have a lot of experience with hosting automotive launch events, including creative recommendations to marketing concepts, logistical set-ups and events organization. Finally, we perform test drive coordinations and have decades of experience with mutiple OEMs around the world. 

    Our services in detail

    Homologation

    DEKRA puts quality at the beginning. By performing the homologation of your products and vehicles, we help you ensure that your vehicle, components, driver assistants and more meet the applicable international or country-specific regulations. We can already help you involve the relevant quality standards in the development of new vehicles and components, making sure you are well-prepared for when your products needs to go to market.

    In addtion, DEKRA's product testing powerhouse has one of the very few specialized automotive lighting test labs that operates across the globe from our base in Europe. With the support of an international branch network, our photometric laboratory undertakes full testing programs. We take care of the entire process for you, saving you the hassle of submitting test samples to different laboratories. Among the services we provide are:

    • Vehicle type approval and homologation

    • Vehicle parts, components and accessories

    • Driving dynamic tests

    • Quality assurance

    • Benchmarking

    Crash testing

    Improving safety on our roads has been a matter of importance to DEKRA for over 90 years. This includes testing and assessing the passive safety of all motor vehicles. DEKRA crash test center carries out both development-accompanying and homologation crash tests on behalf of authorities and vehicle manufacturers and thus puts all types of vehicles to the test.

    DEKRA’s team of experts is your experienced partner when it comes to testing the required safety of means of transportation. We have tested vehicles in crash tests since 1978, thus contributing a significant part to vehicle and road safety in Europe. In addition to passenger cars, DEKRA also performs crash tests with vans, heavy commercial vehicles, and two-wheelers. We perform among others:

    • Standard crash tests

    • Consumer crash tests

    • Crash tests for racing

    • Crash tests for accident reconstruction

    • Crash tests on road equipment

    • Other crash tests

    Passive safety

    We test the functionality and capacity for approval of all passive safety systems on the car body as well as interior and exterior components. Our range of services includes every relating to passive safety and child safety and covers all legal requirements for national and international approval procedures. With highly modern impact sleds and acceleration sleds, we put material and components to the test. Possible safety gaps can thus be detected and eliminated. Among our services are:

    • Catapult testing

    • Test sled/child safety

    • Traction equipment

    • Pedestrian protection

    • Drop tower

    • Cargo securing

    • Strength tests

    Validation and endurance testing

    DEKRA performs validation and endurance testing in real-life conditions for tires, vehicles, equipment and more. We perform validation tests on open roads and on more than 100 circuits and tracks validated by our customers. By designing the testing methdology, we determine user profiles, rolling profiles, theoretical circuits and more.

    With a team specialized in external missions, DEKRA helps customers perform testing and collect data worldwide according to their specifications using cameras, radars and lidars. Missions are performed around the world based on your demands and cover all aspects, from the organization, local recruitment of test drivers and training to data management, acquisition and technical support.

    Validating your equipment or vehicles may require the supply of additional vehicles or parts; DEKRA helps you with a large supplier network based on strong relationships in the automotive industry. DEKRA's over 130 daily test drivers perform validation and endurance testing for more than 20 million kilometers per year. With 4 bases in Europe, there's always a test site close to your premises. 

    Vehicle sourcing and events

    We can also help you with vehicle sourcing and various types of automotive events. With an extensive network around the globe, we can source any type of vehicle you may need for testing or for other types of events. In addition, our experts have a lot of experience with hosting automotive launch events, including creative recommendations to marketing concepts, logistical set-ups and events organization. Finally, we perform test drive coordinations and have decades of experience with mutiple OEMs around the world. 

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