The Ohio State University

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is the pre-eminent research center in sustainable and safe mobility in the United States and an interdisciplinary research center in The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering. CAR research focuses on: energy, safety and the environment. CAR offers state of the art facilities for students, faculty, research staff and industry partners. With a concentration on preparing the next generation of automotive leaders, CAR is recognized for: interdisciplinary emphasis on systems engineering, advanced and unique experimental facilities, collaboration on advanced product development projects with industry and a balance of government and privately sponsored research.

CAR offers advanced experimental facilities that include engine and vehicle dynamometers, vibration, noise and acoustics laboratories, intelligent and autonomous vehicle laboratories, engine fluid mechanics and combustion research facilities, and electric, hybrid-electric propulsion, fuel cell and electrochemical energy storage research facilities. In addition, CAR has access to the full-service proving grounds of the Transportation Research Center, Inc., located 45 miles northwest of the Ohio State Columbus campus.

CAR provides graduate education programs culminating in a Graduate Specialization in Automotive Systems Engineering for Ohio State students, and in a certificate program for distance-learning industry practitioners. CAR also provides facilities and support for six automotive undergraduate student project teams.


Features of CAR include:

  • Interdisciplinary emphasis on systems engineering
  • Advanced and unique experimental facilities
  • Collaboration on advanced product development projects with industry
  • Balance of government and privately sponsored research
  • Two consortia, bringing top researchers together to work on pre-competitive projects, which often develop proprietary programs.