New development centre for self-driving vehicles

The BMW Group is combining development in vehicle connectivity and automated driving at a new campus near Munich to create a self-driving, electric and fully connected vehicle - the BMW iNEXT. It is scheduled for release in 2021.

Upon final completion, more than 2,000 employees will work on the next steps towards fully-automated driving, from software development to road testing, at the new location. At the new campus, software developers will be able to take the code they have just written across the way for testing in an actual vehicle. “We are combining the advantages of a start-up, such as flexibility and speed, with those of an established company, like process security and industrialisation expertise,” adds the Development head. “The future development site for autonomous driving will enable us to launch the BMW iNEXT, the first self-driving BMW, onto the market in 2021.” The BMW Group aims to start testing highly-automated vehicles in the urban environment, in Munich, as early as 2017.

Posted on 19 December 2016