Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday opened a 265 hectar test track for self-driving vehicles near Zalaegerszeg, in southwest Hungary, which the government has funded with a 45 billion forint (EUR 137.9m) grant. In his opening speech, Orban said that in the wake of a series on European crises preserving the country's identity, protecting its security and boosting competitiveness are priorities. "These things are, in Hungarian minds, interconnected: protecting our identity and borders is of a piece with the European way of life, the European economic model and the protection of the world's largest single market," Orban said. Regarding the test track, Orban said "the future has started, it is called digital economy". The Zalaegerszeg investment is "one of the first tickets Hungary has bought into that future," he said.