Center for Automotive Research celebrates 25 years: Then, now and beyond

Led by Professor Giorgio Rizzoni for the past 17 years, CAR is devoted to preparing the next generation of automotive industry leaders, while collaborating with companies and government on advanced mobility research.

From its origin as a concept in the minds of leaders at Honda, Transportation Research Center, the State of Ohio and The Ohio State University, the center has evolved since 1991 to become an internationally-recognized research hub in sustainable and safe mobility. CAR was founded when leaders from these institutions established the Transportation Research Endowment Program, which called for a dedicated Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State.

“There was a dream,” says Scott Whitlock, former senior vice president of Honda of America Manufacturing and a key player in establishing CAR. “The dream was that The Ohio State University would become a world-wide leader in transportation research and in the creation of engineers and leaders in the automotive industry.”

And CAR has enabled that dream to become reality.

Read more about the center's past 25 years of research, collaboration and growth.

Research at CAR in the 1990s

Research at CAR in the 1990s