BMW has confirmed that it will create a new center in Germany dedicated to autonomous driving with a workforce of more than 2,000 people.
The German car company BMW will launch its first autonomous cars of level 4 (check the six levels of classification of the autonomous car), with the BMW iNext project, as part of the development of new mobility solutions that the company is carrying out.
BMW indicated that personal mobility and its industrial application are on the threshold of a “technological quantum leap” and stressed that the automobile and the technologies that propel it will change more in the next ten years than they have in the past 30 years.
Thus, the Munich-based firm recalled that in 2006 it started testing an automated vehicle and highlighted that in the following years it presented different initiatives in this field such as the Valet Parking Remote assistant in the BMW i3 or the automated parking control with gestures , also in the i3.
BMW started in 2006 the testing of an automated vehicle. From the company they pointed out that the first autonomous vehicles, together with highly automated models, will be launched between 2020 and 2030 . Thus, he added that cars with high automation will be introduced first on motorways, while self-employed cars will be introduced in urban centers, as part of pilot projects.
However, the Bavarian firm stressed that this type of advances in driving must be accompanied by the latest technology, such as laser scanners, cameras behind the windshield , radar sensors, ultrasonic sensors , GPS and Big Data technology.
At the same time, he pointed out that all these technological advances must be linked to legislative changes . Thus, he stressed that delegate responsibility for control of driving to the vehicle for a certain time will be allowed in Germany before the end of the year and progressively in other countries.
On the other hand, the automotive corporation recalled that, at the end of 2016, it had 600 employees who were working on the development of autonomous driving and stated that it is launching a new center in Germany in relation to this area of work.
This installation, once the construction works are completely finished, will have a staff of more than 2,000 people who will be responsible for future developments of autonomous driving in the future.
Alliance with Continental
The BMW Group has taken another step in the field of autonomous driving: as a result of the acquisition of a stake in HERE in 2014, and its collaborations with Intel, Mobileye (since 2016) and other partners, the BMW Group has given the good for the mass production of the BMW iNext , a visionary vehicle that includes all the functions mentioned above and, at the same time, helps drivers in their daily routine.
In addition, according to a press release, the technology company Continental has partnered with BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye for the development of autonomous driving systems .
Continental will bring to this group its experience in the chain of assistance processes and automation of driving. In particular, it will focus on the development of system integration functions, including driver supervision and motion control, as well as simulation and validation of functions.