ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground has a key importance as a complex and integrated Research & Development facility which supports customers and experimental developments. The hub of innovation activities related to ZalaZONE is its Research and Technology Centre. Here joint research projects of the Budapest University of Technology & Economics, the University of Győr, the University, of Pannonia and other higher education partners together with ZalaZONE take place. The Centre is located just beside the proving ground, in a very close relation with its activities. It was opened in 2019 and functions as an incubator/accelerator for SMEs and start-ups as well as university based R&D centre, for Hungarian, regional, European, and global university and industrial partners, where cooperation and collaboration between enterprises and universities are strategically key focus points. The practical dual training program for high school students, where students can acquire the theoretical knowledge, they have received in higher education contributes to the success of the project. ​

The UNIVERSITY TEST TRACK is the small size representation of the large ZalaZONE Proving Ground with 8,500 square meters of asphalt over the entire track but it has the most important test track elements that allow performing low-speed vehicle handling and dynamics tests as well as braking tests. This environment also serves targeted testing of automated and self-driving vehicles. The aim of the facility is to strengthen collaborative research activities of universities and research institutes, and to attract researchers and scientists to ZalaZONE. The primary target users are university research teams and students, the engineers of the future. Thanks to the extensive contacts of the universities, the track is planned to serve international users as well as industrial-university collaborations in the future. 

R&I Video


04.21 Interview with Dr. Zsolt Szalay, Head of ZalaZONE R&I

An interview with Zsolt SZALAY, Ph.D., head of ZalaZONE Research & Innovation has been published at Zrt about the future of autonomous driving, its technical, legal, social, psychological and philosophical challenges and the key role of the ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground. Read the full article HERE (in Hungarian)
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PL-HU CCAM Workshop at ZalaZONE

On April 07-08, 2022, a Polish-Hungarian Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) Workshop was held at the ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground. The workshop brought together experts from Polish and Hungarian Ministries (Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology and Polish Ministry of Infrastructure) as well as universities (BME and Warsaw University of Technology). Colleagues from Polish […]
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First BME Conference on ZalaZONE Related R&I Activities

The first ZalaZONE related conference was organized at Budapest University of Technology and Economics on 31st March 2022. Researchers of the university had the chance to present their project developments to the ZalaZONE team in 4 different sessions such as 3D object detection and visualisation, GNNS based localisation, simulation and conflict management between aerial and […]
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Research and innovation activities on the ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground cover the non-economic usage of the research infrastructure. Accordingly, our activities are carried out in following 4 areas: ​

Our Team

Dr. Zsolt SZALAY
Head of R&I
R&I program coordinator
Dr. Viktor TIHANYI
R&I team leader
R&I project manager
R&I program coordinator
R&I project coordinator
Project support engineer​
Project support engineer​
Project support engineer​

Contact Us

Automotive Proving Ground Zala Ltd.

H – 8900 Zalaegerszeg ZalaZONE Tér 1

Telephone: +36 92 900 117

Fax: +36 92 900 118