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Singapore ranked 1st, followed by the Netherlands, Norway, the US and Finland. Hungary placed 25th place in the overall ranking.
It is noteworthy that in Hungary, not only the car brands, but their suppliers as well — such as Bosch, Continental, Knorr-Bremse and ThyssenKrupp — are active in the field of self-driving.
In September 2015, the Research Center for Autonomous Road Vehicles (RECAR) was established under the auspices of the BME Faculty of Transport and Vehicle Engineering, which was joined by other diverse educational institutions.
A test track built in Zalaegerszeg consists of an urban simulation environment called Smart City Zone that allows for the testing of self-driving cars; it also shows the development of the related charging and communication infrastructure, including 5G testing courtesy of Magyar Telekom and T-Systems. The Zalaegerszeg test track is also unique in that an intelligent expressway section can be added in the future through the connected main road of M76.
Local companies are putting Hungary on the map of countries worth mentioning in the field of self-driving, such as startup system developer AImotive; but foreign groups are settling here as well.
Continental has opened R&D centers employing hundreds of hardware and software specialists, and ThyssenKrupp is developing self-driving steering systems. Meanwhile, Knorr-Bremse is developing autonomous trucks, while Bosch is developing sensors in Hungary. Jaguar Land Rover has opened a 100-person design office, while Vodafone is working with Almotive and HERE Technologies to develop a paid online parking system for underground garages.
Hungary is not expected to be a major contributor to end-market users of self-driving cars, but it is already playing a major role as a supplier of new technologies for both the automotive side and the telecommunications side of this new industry.