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. 

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III. ZalaZONE Innovation Day 

The event highlighted the results and latest trends in autonomous transport and drone research, which were complemented by a professional conference with indoor and outdoor demonstrations of autonomous drones and ground vehicles performed by research teams of BME Automated Drive, Széchenyi István Egyetem, Pannon Egyetem, SZTAKI, MouldTech Systems Kft. and CollMot Robotics Kft. In the demonstration “Central perception” a sensor-monitored zebra was built […]
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Norbert Michelisz was testing on ZalaZONE

At the end of August 2021 WTCR champion Norbert Michelisz and the M1RA Team tested the new track elements in extreme conditions with their Hyundai i30 N TCR racing car on the ZalaZONE test track.   Dr. Zsolt Szalay, head of Research and Innovation of ZalaZONE stated that with the test track built with the help of government investment, […]
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3rd ZalaZONE Trilateral ONLINE Conference

The 5-level trilateral cooperation between Hungary-Austria-Slovenia, related to the activities of the ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground, began in 2017 with the cooperation of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Technische Universität Graz and the University of Maribor. Reaching a higher level of cooperation, strengthened by regional and state-level agreements, research institutes and automotive cluster industry companies collaborated with state […]
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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: ​



Test automation

As advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) continuously evolve and develop, the borders between simulation and real-world testing are slowly disappearing. The Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the ZalaZONE R&I Team are working together to develop new testing method, where the virtually created scenarios can be transferred in real-time into an actual physical scenario […]
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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
Gábor JANDÓ​
Project support engineer
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