Vehicle Test Track
Aldenhoven Testing Center (ATC) is a state-of-the art interdisciplinary testing center for mobility on an area of 45.000 square meters. It is operated by ATC – Aldenhoven Testing Center of RWTH Aachen University GmbH, a joint venture of Düren county and RWTH Aachen University. ATC was built between 2009 and 2013 on the grounds of the former coal mine Emil Mayrisch in Aldenhoven, Germany, and thus represents an example for successful structural change. All aspects of future challenges and possibilities towards modern mobility can be developed and tested at ATC.
The installation was financed by capital of RWTH Aachen University as well as public funding of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). Thus, the Institutes for Combustion Engines (VKA), Automotive Engineering IKA, and Automatic Control IRT of RWTH Aachen University as main users directly contributed financially in addition to RWTH Aachen University. Besides six track elements, automotiveGATE enhances ATC as a test and development environment for the future European global navigation satellite system Galileo. All tracks and facilities can be rented out by interested institutions for their research, development and testing towards mobility. Further extensions, in particular for research and development of connected and autonomous driving are currently planned or built.
The Aldenhoven Testing Center (ATC) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund ( EFRE ) and the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen ( MWEIMH ).