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CAR Consortium Membership

The mission of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Consortium Membership is to provide a unique opportunity for industry to engage in original, highly leveraged precompetitive research in automotive and transportation systems, with focus on advanced propulsion systems; fuel economy; vehicle safety, connectivity and autonomy; and advanced driver assistance systems. It also provides a means of financial support for incoming graduate students to increase the production of graduates who meet the stringent requirements of today’s automotive industry.


The CAR Consortium Membership program has been in operation since 1999, and has since seen the participation of 25 automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. In addition to the opportunity to participate in leveraged, precompetitive research, the consortium also provides the opportunity to engage graduate students in preparation for future careers in the automotive industry, as well as gives members an outlet to reach undergraduate students through capstone design and other project activities, and to benefit from focused recruitment events.

New and renewed projects begin each calendar year and updates are provided to members throughout the year. A final project review is hosted by a member company late in November or early in December. Following the review, deliverables (including theses, algorithms, data and simulation models) are available to members through a secure website. The newly renovated laboratories at CAR, access to continued support from CAR personnel and the availability of the Transportation Research Center (TRC) are some of the leveraging benefits members receive, in addition to the outcomes of the research projects.

General information and benefits

Members are involved in the definition of the program’s research agenda and are encouraged to participate in and steer the direction of the projects.

Key benefits include and are based on level of participation:

  • Showcase/feature members in CAR marketing materials

  • Networking events and consortium-wide research presentations

  • Exclusive, secure access to CAR knowledge repository

  • Motorsports team sponsorship and capstone design project funding

  • Opportunity to present technical seminars to student groups at CAR

  • Corporate mentorship for graduate students

  • Consortium sponsored exploratory research reporting meetings

  • Input on project selection for exploratory research projects

  • Direct project selection for exploratory research projects

  • Consulting time with faculty and senior research staff

  • Discounted continuing education programs

  • Information sessions for students and posting of job openings

  • Resume book: access to resumes of CAR-affiliated students

  • Discount on testing services

  • Discount on engineering and design services


  • Bosch
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Delphi Automotive
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors
  • Honda of America
  • Hyundai
  • Johnson Controls
  • Rea
  • Renault
  • ST Microelectronics
  • T.E. Connectivity
  • Teradata
  • Toyota
  • Transportation Research Center