Slovakia eyes test track for self-driving cars

2017-03-20 22:19:53 GMT2017-03-21 06:19:53(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BRATISLAVA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Slovakia wants to be involved in a project of a cross-border test track for automakers and car suppliers, Deputy Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said Monday.

Slovakia aims to participate in the testing of inter-connected and autonomous vehicles in the European Union.

The first such track is expected to be constructed on the motorway between Bratislava and Brno in the Czech Republic.

"It's a competition between countries. Some test tracks have already been introduced in certain countries, but the map of roads with test tracks is still relatively thin," Pellegrini said.

"Slovakia will be another such spot on the map within the EU and that it will be among the leaders," Pellegrini said, noting that countries participate in such activities on a voluntary basis.

This initiative is being supported by the European Commission as well. European Commission Vice-president Maros Sefcovic said that a car's software will be worth half of the vehicle's total value in a few years.

"We need to look at cars like the products of a new generation in which the collection and transmission of data will have absolute priority," added Sefcovic. Enditem