The Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDA) is a research university in the city of Darmstadt, Germany. There are 13 departments offering degree courses in the fields of electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, architecture, computer science, mathematics, the natural sciences and more. The departments offer more than 300 professors and 2500 academic employees an excellent infrastructure for competitive research.

The Institute of Automotive Engineering (FZD) of Technische Universität Darmstadt is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The institute has a long history and tradition on motorcycle safety research. Starting almost 40 years ago with investigations on weave and wobbling of powered two wheelers, there have been pioneering projects regarding e.g. motorcycle tires, anti-lock braking systems and active assistance systems. Another focus of the institute is development of test methods. The Darmstadt method for impact abrasion resistance testing of protective garments for motorcycle riders was invented at FZD and has been constantly improved during the past 30 years and will be in the 2018 European  standard EN 17092.