In this context, IMS topics are explored around mechatronic vehicle systems, in particular the powertrain. The diverse research activities in the field of vehicle systems are divided into the four areas.
The scope of concrete research projects ranges from the development of methods for the optimal design of a powertrain, to the prototype implementation of an innovative hybrid drive, to the development of a longitudinal dynamic driving simulator for the subjective evaluation of driving maneuvers. Digitalization of the automobile continues to open up new research topics such as software-based lightweight construction and predictive maintenance. These are addressed at the IMS together with other institutes of the TU Darmstadt under the title Vehicle 5.0.