News BMW Opens Dedicated Autonomous-Driving Lab in Germany

20:05  12 april  2018
20:05  12 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Gallery: BMW Autonomous Driving Campus | 6 Photos. 6. +2. In Unterschleißheim (near Munich, Germany ) the automaker opened the facility it says will help with the "systematic development of highly and fully automated driving at the BMW Group."

We have established the BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus just outside Munich to help us reach the next level in mobility. The opening of this ground-breaking development facility is another important step in the transformation of the #BMWGroup into a #tech company.

a car covered in snow: The automaker is also experimenting with a new type of workspace.© BMW

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A fatal crash involving an Uber self-driving car has caused some companies to slow down their autonomous-driving programs, but not BMW. Shortly after the crash, the German automaker announced an expanded fleet of prototype autonomous cars, and now it's opening a dedicated autonomous-driving research lab.

The new facility is located in Unterschleißheim, Germany, not far from BMW's Munich headquarters. It will house 1,800 employees in reconfigurable open-plan offices, which BMW claims will facilitate communication between employees in different disciplines. This is the first time this "agile working model" has been applied on this scale in the auto industry, according to BMW.

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BMW Group announced the opening of a new development center, dedicated in working on their autonomous driving technology, in Unterschleissheim near Munich. “The road to fully-automated driving is an opportunity for Germany ’s automobile manufacturing base”, says Klaus Fröhlich

The BMW Group has opened its autonomous driving campus in Unterschleißheim, near Munich, Germany . The benefits for the development experts employed here, says the company, are flexibility, efficiency, a high level of autonomy and short distances.

In a press release, BMW said it is looking to recruit "IT specialists and software developers in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analysis" for the lab. Promises of an open-plan, flexible working environment may be as much about luring these workers away from tech companies as anything else.

Last month, BMW announced that it will double its autonomous-car test fleet to around 80 vehicles by the end of the year. The company is already partnering with Intel, Mobileye, Delphi, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on autonomous-driving tech.

In 2021, BMW plans to introduce some degree of autonomous-driving capability on the iNext sedan, likely SAE Level 3 or Level 4. That means the car will still require some human intervention in certain situations. A fully-autonomous Level 5 car is likely much further off. BMW's collaboration with rival Daimler on mobility services means future self-driving cars may be used in ride-hailing services rather than being sold to private customers—at least at first.

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