Virtual Reality Lab

The Virtual Reality Lab at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is a highly dynamic and scalable automotive simulation environment. It offers the possibility of experiencing a 360-degree representation of a virtual world. The flexible integration of different mock-ups and vehicles facilitates the testing and evaluation of automation and assistance functions by means of repeatable and reproducible scenarios. It can be linked up to other simulators and infrastructures run by the DLR Institute of Transportation Systems using a shared software framework.

Fields of application

  • The Virtual Reality Lab is used to develop and evaluate driver assistance and automation systems.
  • New approaches to assistance and automation can be tested and optimised cost-effectively at the Lab.
  • Besides purely technical evaluation, the Lab also focuses on human-centred assessment, known as driver acceptance analysis, and the investigation of psychological issues – for example by looking at driver modelling, human-machine interaction and cognitive behaviour while driving.
  • Using repeatable and reproducible scenarios to safeguard assistance systems at an early stage in their development saves time and money, and pre-empts potentially undesirable developments. The option of integrating drivable road vehicles into the Virtual Reality Lab means that it can also be used for hardware-in-the-loop and vehicle-in-the-loop testing.
  • The Virtual Laboratory Lab can be linked up to other simulators and infrastructures run by the Institute using a shared network.


Volker Speelmann

Head of Research Infrastructures
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Executive Board department for Innovation, Transfer and Research Infrastructure
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne

DLR Institute of Transportation Systems

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Transportation Systems
Lilienthalplatz 7, 38108 Braunschweig