Component, System, and Vehicle Analysis & Testing

Exponent assesses the performance and safety of vehicle components and systems

When motor vehicle designers, manufacturers, or regulators seek to understand new driving technologies or discover the root cause of failures in existing components, they turn to Exponent for cutting-edge automotive research, product evaluations, and real-world vehicle testing.

How do we help the biggest names in the transportation industry assess the performance and safety of existing products and develop next-gen solutions?

In a marketplace of increasing complexity — whether a result of emerging technologies or evolving regulations — the automotive and transportation industries turn to Exponent to provide strategic guidance and tactical automotive performance testing solutions to evaluate structural integrity, test safety systems, and optimize performance.

We provide our clients with insights that only our collective experience combined with state-of-the-art evaluations can provide.

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50+ years of industry leading experience. 

For over 50 years, we have led the industry in full-scale, instrumented vehicle dynamics and collision testing at our Test and Engineering Center (TEC) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Our multidisciplinary teams have expertise in failure analysis to evaluate individual automotive components and integrated systems.

We conduct statistical analysis of real-world performance data, analyze individual incidents, and perform field, bench, and laboratory tests to provide rigorous, relevant comparisons and performance evaluations.

Our teams have firsthand knowledge of vehicle development processes for critical automotive systems and are knowledgeable about global regulatory requirements, including the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and other industry metrics.

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Tools & Technologies

Exponent's vehicle engineers employ tools such as:

  • Stress analysis
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics analysis 
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) 
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) 
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) 
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) 


We use innovative testing techniques and the latest technologies to evaluate the safety and performance of vehicle components, systems, and structures.


Our Capabilities Are Unparalleled

With expertise in over 90 disciplines and hundreds of capabilities, tools, and methodologies — we get to the root of even the most complex challenges and give you the objective answers you need.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.