Testing, inspection, and certification for the automotive industry

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  • Safe is a car that smartly adapts to the conditions around it

    The automotive industry faces different challenges today than it did just a couple of years ago. Cars have become very sophisticated pieces of technology. They need to be tested, not only to comply with international standards, but also to guarantee the safety of their users. As we move into the future, the importance of safe and sustainable mobility will become increasingly pressing. This century’s leading technological developments are making mobility more connected, more automated, and more energy efficient. Innovations both inside and outside the vehicle will create intelligent mobility systems that make driving smarter and safer.

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  • Trends & Developments

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    Quarter billion connected vehicles

    By 2020 a quarter of a billion vehicles on the road will have some form of built-in connectivity, paving the way for the slow but steady transition towards automated driving.

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    New business models

    New business models such as car sharing will expand revenue pools, but create additional challenges.

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    Unstoppable sustainability

    The rise of alternative-energy vehicles (hydrogen, batteries) is unstoppable.

  • Your partner throughout the supply chain

    At DEKRA, we are your reliable partner in the automotive sector for the entire vehicle life cycle and vehicle infrastructure: from the development phase and reliability testing to homologation and quality assurance. Whether you are working on a prototype, a pre-series or a custom model, DEKRA tests and certifies complete vehicles as well as its separate parts through a network of six laboratories worldwide.

    We work together with OEMs, tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers, authorities, engineers, and other service providers. Our accredited and state-of-the-art network of global testing facilities meets ISO 17025 standards as well as recognized automotive standards and covers a wide range of international regulations and OEM-specific requirements for, amongst others, crash testing and endurance testing.

    DEKRA has been the number one player in automotive testing and inspection of mechanical components since its founding in 1925. Our expert staff has in-depth knowledge on current automotive developments in, for example, lighting and batteries. Over the years, we have developed a comprehensive service offering for the automotive industry, including meeting e-mobility, connected car, and automated driving needs.

    With our unique track record in the testing and verification of both automotive-related and mobile communication technologies, we will play a key role in defining how future modes of transport can be kept safe.

    We test and certify amongst others:

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

  • Let’s stay connected

    Stay updated on the knowledge and solutions that help you be competitive in the automotive market. Subscribe to receive relevant information from DEKRA about events, market trends, standards and regulations.

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  • DEKRA iST Reliability Services

    In 2015, DEKRA expanded its operations in Taiwan and mainland China through a joint venture with iST Group. The cooperation specializes in the environmental reliability and failure ana¬lysis of electronic systems used in automotive, IT, telecommunication and LED lighting applications.

  • Our solutions

    Material Testing

    Material & Reliability

    How does your product function under stressful conditions? Material and reliability testing assesses and verifies how your product responds to challenging situations, such as extreme temperatures or shock. DEKRA makes sure your end-user stays safe by testing products rigorously.

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    Connected Car

    Cars are becoming increasingly connected, automated, and smart. Learn about DEKRA's connected car program, which works to make sure cars safely adapt to the conditions around them, whether that is a pedestrian suddenly crossing the street, a traffic light jumping to orange, or sudden braking on the highway.

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    Automotive lighting testing

    Automotive Lighting

    As new applications in automotive lighting become standard, stricter regulations are being developed. Accountability for safety and performance is top of the list for automotive lighting manufacturers. Find out how our photometry services can help you get your automotive lighting products marketed around the world in an efficient way.

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  • Keep up to date on E-mobility

    Stay updated on the knowledge and solutions that help you be competitive in today’s global marketplace. Subscribe to receive relevant information from DEKRA about E-mobility related topics.

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    Vestel EV charger e-mobility
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  • Meet our experts

  • Ashish Sikka
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    Ashish Sikka

    Automotive market segment, Global/USA
  • Daniel Gonzales
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    Daniel González

    Automotive market segment, Europe
  • Contact person

    Ben Lei

    Automotive Market Segment, Asia
  • Tim van den Berg
    Contact person

    Tim van den Berg

    Automotive Market Segment, Europe