Asian politicians visited the Zalaegerszeg automotive test track – ZalaZone – on the closing day of the two-day Asia-Europe Meeting on transport. ASEM is a biennial meeting of transport ministers, first established in 1996; this year, delegates attended from 45 countries.
ZalaZone is a self-driving vehicle test track officially opened this past May that utilizes Ericsson’s 5G technology.
László Mosóczi, State Secretary for Transport Policy at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, emphasized the importance of new innovation processes in the automotive industry and that a proper testing environment, such as the Zalaegerszeg automotive test track, is critical for the development of self-driving and electric vehicles. The secretary also announced at the event that Hungary is working on a high-speed rail link between V4 capital cities and Budapest and Bucharest.
Testing will be taken to an entirely new level as well on the first Hungarian smart road, the M76, which will become part of the Graz-Maribor-Zalaegerszeg triangle, enabling testing under difficult traffic situations.
András Háry, Managing Director of Automotive Testing Course Zala Kft., told delegates that they are now in the second construction phase of three and that the 265-hectare site is scheduled for completion in 2021; HUF 43 billion of public funds will help achieve this goal. Ongoing vehicle testing is already taking place on the track.