The BMW iNEXT is scheduled for release in 2021 and it will be self-driving, electric and fully connected.
A whole range of highly-automated models from all BMW Group brands are set to follow and to achieve this aim, the BMW Group is combining its development expertise in vehicle connectivity and automated driving at a new campus in Unterschleissheim near Munich.
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.
“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 Fröhlich, member of the board of management, responsible for development at the BMW Group.
From mid-2017, expertise currently distributed across several different locations will be pooled in Unterschleissheim.
“In order to succeed, we are establishing new forms of collaboration under ‘project i 2.0,’ with small teams of specialists for rapid response and collaboration across the company, as well as a high level of individual decision-making authority,” he said.
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