When it comes to autonomous driving, one of its better known supporters is BMW. To help boost their development in autonomous tech, the Bavarian automaker has recently invested on a EUR 100 million (Php 6.2 billion) Driving Simulation Center located in Munich. The new facility is set to be completed by 2020 and is said to allow researchers to 'bring the road into the lab' rather having tests on public roads.
The BMW Driving Simulation Center will cover a total floor area of 11,400 square meters. It will be comprised of 14 simulators along with a number of labs to develop more advanced autonomous technology and employ 157 people.
The highlights of the facility are the high-dynamic and high-fidelity simulators. The high-dynamic simulator generates longitudinal, tranverse and rotational movements of a vehicle realistically – generating forces up to 1.0g. It is used to test new systems and functions by replicating evasive maneuvers, full braking and hard acceleration. Meanwhile, the high-fidelty simulator provides extremely detailed rendering of real-word driving driving characteristics such as accelerating while cornering and driving in roundabouts.
Compared to doing autonomous vehicle testing on public roads, BMW's upcoming Driving Simulation Center will make testing autonomous tech more safer. At the same time, give more accurate results thanks to its real-world replication.
Construction of BMW's Driving Simulation Center is part of the automaker's FIZ Future masterplan. The masterplan calls for BMW Group's central development facility to grow by up to 50-percent through numerous stages up to 2050.