Ideas that aid innovation in the automotive industry do not originate only in Prague. At Brno University of Technology (BUT) and the related Central European Institute of Technology, a research group led by Pavel Václavek is working on projects investigating the potential of environmentally friendly vehicles. Brno, which proudly participates in Smart Cities projects, wants to be a pioneer of electromobility; with dozens of various partners, scientists are therefore investigating ways to improve the driving characteristics of electric vehicles, CzechInvest writes..
The automotive industry is also seeking out ideas at the Technical University of Liberec, the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, the Technical University of Ostrava, Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín (strong hub of tire engineering) and the institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences focused on materials engineering. A unique institution in the Czech context is Škoda Auto University, which was established by the carmaker in 2000 in its home city, Mladá Boleslav, where the Škoda Museum, which links the past and present of the Czech automotive industry, is also located.
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