The BMW Group will soon have a fleet of self-driving cars available to the public after the company announced that they will release a whole-range of highly-automated cars from all their brands by 2021, starting with the iNEXT.
To make this possible, the company said that they are combining its development expertise in vehicle connectivity and automated driving at a new campus in Unterschleissheim.
“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,” said Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management, responsible for Development at the BMW Group.
They are also establishing new forms of collaboration under project i 2.0 with small teams of specialists and a high level of individual decision-making authority, for rapid response and collaboration across the company.
In addition, they are also using latest technologies such as the Robot Operating System (ROS), allowing them to see results quickly and directly in the vehicle.
The company currently employs around 600 people in development of highly-automated driving. However upon final completion, the company expects to have more than 2,000 employees.
The BMW Group aims to start testing highly-automated vehicles in the urban environment by 2017.