Continental is expanding its software development activities in Szeged with a unit working on driver assistance and automated driving solutions, Country Director of Continental Hungary, Róbert Keszte announced on Wednesday.
Speaking at an event at the University of Szeged, he said that the company's Artificial Intelligence Development Center in Budapest, which employs 200 professionals, has proven over the past four years that it is capable of pioneering the world's most innovative technologies.
Róbert Keszte explained that the quality of university education and the existing professional community, which covers both software development and the automotive industry, were the main reasons for the decision to expand this activity in Szeged. At the same time, the director pointed out that Continental has had a well-established factory in Szeged for decades, which is one of the most successful units of the group.
Balázs Lóránd, head of Continental Autonomous Mobility Hungary, said that the Szeged software engineers will be responsible for preparing and processing the data needed for artificial intelligence-based development, and for developing the tools, frameworks and embedded systems needed for this.
The newly recruited developers will work remotely for the first period, but the company aims to set up its own office in downtown Szeged for the 40-strong team. They are looking for talented people who are the best in their field to develop new solutions, he added.
Szeged deputy mayor for urban development, Sándor Nagy explained that Szeged has become one of the centers of the Hungarian IT industry thanks to the high-quality university education with a long tradition. In addition to multi-national companies, the city has a good number of domestic enterprises, providing jobs for about 3,000 developers in the sector.
Szeged is building on a knowledge-based economy, the aim is to ensure that university graduates find their way locally, thus creating high added value jobs," the deputy mayor stressed.
At the event, Continental signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the University of Szeged covering education and research.
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