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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ZalaZONE attended NATO Innovation Network Conference

In coordination of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, ZalaZONE Research & Innovation attended the NATO Innovation Network virtual conference on 17th January 2023 The conference, organized by the NATO Innovation Network of Defence Open Innovation Entities attracted more than 500 attendees and aimed to initiate interactive discussions with innovation practitioners and solution seekers across NATO, and learn […]
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Ministers' Day on ZalaZONE

ZalaZONE Research & Innovation hosted 3 ministers on 5th November 2022. On the invitation of Prof. Dr. László Palkovics, Minister of Technology and Industry, Szalay-Bobrovniczky Kristóf, Minister of Defence and Csák János, Minister of Culture and Innovation  visited AVL-ZalaZONE Proving Ground on 5th November. The high-ranking delegation visited Europe’s unique automotive proving ground with the purpose […]
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SAAB radar technology demonstration on ZalaZONE

On November 4th, a radar technology demonstration took place at the  ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground in cooperation with the Institute for Transport Sciences, HungaroControl and MouldTech Systems. The ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground is not only suitable for testing ground vehicles, but also drones and related technologies. The growth in the number and role of drones […]
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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 program coordinator
R&I project manager
R&I project coordinator
IT consultant
Project support engineer​
Project support engineer​
Károly VERES
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