August 26, 2021 21:46
The future of driving: self-driving vehicles and the ZalaZONE test track
Webinar by Zsolt Szalay Ph.D

At the next session of the Alumni Hungary Webinar Series in September, you can get an insight into the latest developments of the self-driving vehicle industry. You will also learn about ZalaZONE project, the largest test track in Central Europe, located in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. Our presenter will be the reputable expert in advanced automotive technologies,  Zsolt Szalay Ph.D. This exclusive webinar will be available for registered Alumni Network Hungary members only! 

The rapidly growing field of self-driving vehicles completely changes the automotive industry, transportation, and our everyday lives too. It also has major effects on other industry branches, such as information technology, smart infrastructure, or urban planning.

As autonomous driving functions are swiftly developing, new testing and validation methods thus dedicated proving grounds are necessary. The ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground is the largest car testing facility in Central Europe. Located outside the city of Zalaegerszeg in Hungary, it is a 265-hectare high-tech test track for conventional, electric, and automated vehicles. The proving ground is an optimal test environment for future cars and their communication technologies and also serves as a hub for innovation activities, joint research programs with strategic university partners.

In his presentation, Prof. Szalay will give an insight into the recent developments and challenges of the self-driving vehicle industry. He will also introduce you to the development of the ZalaZONE test track, and will explain how this project brings together engineering knowledge, innovation, university research, and the expertise of top industry players.

About the presenter: ZSOLT SZALAY is currently an Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Automotive Technologies, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and the founder and leader of the BME Automated Drive Laboratory.  He also acts as the Head of Research and Innovation with ZalaZONE Automotive Proving Ground. His research interests include advanced automotive technologies related to the testing and validation of highly automated and autonomous vehicles. Author or co-author of several scientific papers and books, many of them related directly linked to ZalaZONE. He is a committed supporter of young talents from an early age as a Children’s University lecturer and via the BME Automated Drive Lab.


The presentation will be broadcasted on Zoom on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 between 10:00 and 11:00 am (CET). After the presentation, we will have a 30 min. live Q&A session, when Prof. Szalay will answer your questions.

This exclusive webinar will be available for registered Alumni Network Hungary members only!

Participation is free but registration is required, please register HERE.

You can only register and join this webinar if you are a registered member of the Alumni Network Hungary website. You can join the network by clicking HERE.

Registration deadline: Monday, 13 September 2021 (13 p.m. CET)

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