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BMW builds autonomous driving R&D center in Germany

BMW builds autonomous driving R&D center in Germany
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Wednesday 21 December 2016, 12:21 PM

With fully automated cars like the iNEXT clearly in its sight, BMW has just setup a new development facility at Unterschleissheim near Munich.

The BMW iNEXT is scheduled for release in 2021. This flagship vehicle for BMW’s autonomous and EV-centric models will require quite a bit of autonomous driving tech. To deliver its target, this new facility is expected to house more than 2,000 employees and make fully automated driving a reality.

“The road to fully-automated driving is an opportunity for Germany’s automobile manufacturing base. The decision to develop and road-test these vehicles in the Munich area illustrates how the BMW Group and the whole region can benefit from this shift in the automotive industry,” explains Klaus Frohlich, member of the Board of Management at BMW.

The development center will use small teams of specialists who will be given a high level of individual decision-making authority. Also, software developers will have access to the latest technologies such as ROS (Robot Operating System), so that results in the test vehicle are achieved quickly.

 

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