Výskumný ústav dopravný - Transport Research Institute currently holds an important strategic role for its partners, which are the Ministry of Transport and infrastructure managers of transport modes. The Institute also dealt major international research projects.
Transport Research Institute, JSC. (VUD) in its 60-year history, has been dealing with important assignments of national significance with economical impact, resulting from major research projects in scope of creation and implementation of the national transport policy. Wide know-how integrates the activities of VUDinto the scientific and research basis of the Slovak Republic, which is considered as one of the most important priorities of the VUD's long-term strategy.
Scientific, research and development activities of VUD cover all modes of transport, mainly in the field of engineering and technology, operation, infrastructure, economy, legislation, management and organisation, informatics and automation, environment, energy systems, transport safety and quality, transport services and tourism management, transport policy, certification and testing in the field of construction products, special products and interoperability. VUD was established in 1954
under the name "Transport Scientific and Research Institute" in Prague and itwas renamed in 1956. VUD branch offices were located in Prague, Brno, Bratislava and since 1964 in Žilina as well. VUD management moved from Prague to Žilina in 1972. The actual VUD premises were built at Veľký Diel in Žilina in 1976.