Kistler supplies engineers in vehicle dynamics with a complete sensor portfolio to capture relevant parameters.

Vehicle dynamics testing

With complete systems for exact measurements of longitudinal and transverse dynamics

Intensive vehicle dynamics tests play an essential part in vehicle development. Whether the focus is on sports performance or comfort: tuning of the chassis and control systems is a decisive factor in achieving the desired characteristics for the vehicle. In this way, automobile manufacturers can exploit unrivaled opportunities to stand out radically from their competitors. 

However, this must always go hand in hand with safety. Passing the ISO standard tests for stable driving behavior is the fundamental requirement for developing a unique driving experience and a feeling of safety while driving – for passenger vehicles on normal roads as well as racing cars in motorsport. 

Control systems such as ABS and ESC must be correctly tuned to ensure stable driving behavior if the vehicle suddenly changes direction. Vehicle-specific design requires precise characterization of longitudinal and transverse dynamics based on measurements of the sideslip and drift angles. Especially in motorsport, measurements of these motion parameters for vehicle dynamics can be the key to critical competitive edge.

Pole position guaranteed! Thanks to efficient vehicle dynamics design with optical sensors from Kistler, you can:

Thanks to the Correvit S-Motion sensor from Kistler, Emil Frey Racing improves the vehicle dynamics of its Lamborghinis.

Perform standard tests

  • Steady-state circular driving behavior (ISO 4138)
  • VDA lane-change test (ISO 3888-2)
  • Braking on one-sided slippery track surface when driving straight ahead (ISO 14512)

Optimize vehicle driving behavior to enhance performance, comfort and safety

  • Chassis development and refinement (e.g. damper tuning)
  • Tuning of control systems (e.g. stability control)
  • Tuning of brake systems (e.g. optimization of braking distance)

Optimize driving behavior in motorsport 

  • Sideslip angle measurements
  • Drift angle measurements
  • Lap time measurements

We assist you with complete modular measurement technology solutions, and our experienced experts offer you on-site support with vehicle tests – so you achieve optimal vehicle dynamics design.

Benefit from the advantages: 

Optical sensors from Kistler for measuring longitudinal and traverse dynamics are recommended for vehicle dynamics testing.

Complete measurement technology portfolio to capture all key parameters during maneuvers such as steady-state circular driving behavior tests and brake testing

  • Reliable, high-precision measurement data as the basis for successful design
  • Simple setup
  • Suitable for harsh test conditions
  • Configuration and measurement software included
  • Compatible with data acquisition systems from various manufacturers

With optical sensors from Kistler such as the S-Motion DTI, you can rely on

  • Direct frictionless and slip-free measurements of longitudinal and transverse speed
  • Patented, tried-and-tested Correvit technology
  • Low-noise signals thanks to sensor fusion technology 
  • Flexible conversion of measurands for any desired reference points in the vehicle
  • Fast, faster, S-Motion: minimal signal delay

The reliable way to determine a vehicle's self-steering behavior

The reliable way to determine a vehicle's self-steering behavior

You want to

  • Design your vehicle's ride stability and measure the related vehicle motion characteristics
  • Tune the chassis so that understeer and/or oversteer match your target characteristics


  • Equip the vehicle with measurement technology such as the Correvit S-Motion optical sensor to capture the motion parameters for vehicle dynamics
  • Measure the steering angle and transverse dynamics (lateral acceleration) to evaluate the vehicle's behavior during steady-state circular driving as per ISO 4138
  • Measure the sideslip angle, yaw rate, longitudinal speed, steering torque and roll angle in advanced driving behavior tests according to standards such as ISO 4138 and GB/T 6323.6 

The reliable way to evaluate brake systems

The reliable way to evaluate brake systems

You want to

  • Provide proof that the brake system is optimally designed to achieve the shortest possible braking distances with maximum driving comfort (response behavior, actuating force, etc.)


  • Brake path measurement with straight-line ABS braking test to DIN 70028 
  • Measure the braking distance for straight-line ABS braking by performing the braking test as per ISO 21994: 
  • Evaluate the braking deceleration
  • Evaluate the braking distance
  • Evaluate the vehicle's ride stability

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