Think Tank for the VDA

The AQI develops and evaluates answers to current pre-competitive questions of quality management for the QM subcommittee of the German automotive industry association (VDA QMA). In this capacity, we make important preparatory contributions to the work of the committees of the VDA and the implementation of new results in its member companies. We collaborate closely with some VDA research groups, such as Automotive Security, and actively participate in others, such as Agile Collaboration, OTA, etc.

Based on our conceptual work, we develop concrete products and take on project management responsibilities (such as for cloud-based AI analysis for the reliability control loop).

We cooperate closely with scientific institutions and automotive industry experts. A selection of the projects completed for the VDA QMA can be found here.

Consulting for companies of the automotive industry

The AQI supports automotive companies in preparing their quality management for current and future challenges, and it also provides the necessary project management during the implementation phase. We do not roll out standards; rather, we deliver management consulting custom-tailored to the requirements of our customers. Listening is an essential part of our work, and we consult in constant dialog with experts and our customers' management. We hold workshops and interviews to identify and prioritize the measures necessary. We support the implementation phase by providing reviews and honest feedback.

The subjects on which we consult include automotive cyber-security incident responseagility in the automotive industry, and over-the-air updates.

Ideals and Values

For us, quality management means creating real added value for our customers and for the end customers of the automotive industry. We focus on developing necessary and meaningful measures to provide quality products and services to the automotive industry's consumers. Quality standards are not an end in themselves – they need to serve the purpose of improving and maintaining product quality and so must be instituted rationally and proportionately.

The products of the automotive industry are more than just vehicles to us. We regard the automotive industry as the industry of mobility, with all the challenging new aspects it implies. Our ambition is to question conventions and find new approaches and solutions. It is important to us that a dialog take place – with scientific development furnishing ideas and the automotive industry delivering practical implementations.

For the sake of our customers and ourselves, we remain committed to the following values:

  • Openness: We make our methods and results transparent and easy to understand.
  • Focus: We concentrate on the decisive issues. 
  • Courage: We address open issues and work toward their prompt resolution.
  • Respect: We regard contrary opinions as opportunities to gain new insight. 
  • Commitment: We make statements and promises clearly and stand by them.