Self-driving car developed in Hungary has been presented by thyssenkrupp

Self-driving car developed in Hungary has been presented by thyssenkrupp

Róbert Ésik, President (HIPA), at the presentation of thyssenkrupp’s self-driving car

The Budapest E/E (electrical and electronic) development centre of thyssenkrupp has presented a self-driving car made by Hungarian engineers and its latest electromechanical 'smart' steering systems. The E/E centre is especially important for the Hungarian economy, since high-tech development projects like this represent the most progressive technology within the vehicle industry. The steering systems developed in Budapest will be installed in cars running in the streets only in 10 to 15 years; the technology will be continuously tested until then.

thyssenkrupp has been engaging in R&D activities in Hungary since 1999. Through its electromechanical steering system improvements at the Competence Centre in Budapest, which currently employs 500 persons, it has become well-known and recognised in the automotive industry all over the world by now. Highly qualified Hungarian engineers develop electric steering systems that apply electric power steering that uses an electric motor instead of conventional hydraulic systems, which continuously consume energy, thereby achieving a significant reduction in consumption.

The Hungarian development centre of thyssenkrupp originally began testing self-driving cars working on the basis of visual signal processing, because steering systems that will be installed in cars running in the streets only in 10 to 15 years are developed in Budapest, but Hungarian developers would already need such cars for tests.

'If something is not available, we develop it ourselves. In fact, we would have liked to see the properties of future cars in the self-driving car project in order to be able to meet expected market demand in the area of steering systems, but the results increasingly demonstrate that we are competent in this area, too. Self-driving cars are also made by others, but our system is already compatible with mass production vehicles, and in terms of its price it can be affordable even for a medium category car,' underlined Csaba Fitos, Manager of thyssenkrupp Presta Hungary responsible for technological development.

In addition to its Budapest development centre, thyssenkrupp Presta Hungary has a running gear factory in Győr, and a greenfield project worth more than HUF 30 billion is underway in Jászfényszaru. Once it is completed, the Group will manufacture electromechanical steering systems and cylinder head-integrated camshafts as of 2017.