BMW Group has officially inaugurated its autonomous driving campus and development facility at Unterschleissheim, near Munich. This ‘centre of excellence’ is close to BMW’s existing Research and Innovation Centre, and it enables the bringing-together of all its work on vehicle connectivity and automation at a single location. Some 1800 employees can be housed in 23,000 Read More..
BMW’s i Ventures spin-off has invested in Swedish HD mapping provider Mapillary, which has developed a platform utilizing user-generated street-level imagery to produce map data at scale. Images can be uploaded by any device, and data from a range of different sensors captured and processed without the need for specially-equipped survey vehicles. Moreover, there is Read More..
BMW became the latest major car brand to offer a subscription to its vehicles rather than selling or leasing them to customers. The German premium brand said it had launched a pilot program in Nashville, Tennessee, to see whether subscriptions are a viable business model in today’s car market. Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and other brands are Read More..
As expected, Daimler and BMW announced Wednesday that they planned to merge their mobility services, in a move that will create a car-sharing giant with a commanding footprint across the world’s major cities. The plan underscores how scale considerations in new automotive business areas are forcing major competitors to collaborate in the face of strong Read More..
Together with German plant engineering specialist Duerr, BMW is building a fully connected paint shop at its plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico. The facility meets all the Industry 4.0 requirements for an integrated smart factory, Duerr said. In the first stage, the paint shop will have a capacity of 30 vehicles an hour, Read More..
BMW said it is in “advanced discussions” to form a new joint venture with Great Wall Motor in China to locally produce electric Mini brand cars there. The German premium car group said it has signed a letter of intent with Great Wall, a major Chinese carmaker, to jointly build the cars. Mini is now Read More..
BMW will use the Aras PLM platform as its backbone for test data management, the open-source product lifecycle management specialist said in a press release. The Aras software “will support planning, scheduling, execution, and documentation of vehicle tests, and test results at various stages of vehicle development,” it added. Aras said its platform will connect Read More..
BMW CIO Klaus Straub discusses how the carmaker is implementing an entirely new “agile” operating model in its IT operations.
Robert Bosch and Continental, two of the world’s biggest automotive suppliers, are each buying a 5 pc stake in location and digital mapping specialist Here. The two German companies are buying their stakes from Here’s main owners, premium car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler. The transactions are expected to be completed in the first quarter Read More..
FRANKFURT — Cooperation between automakers, IT companies and other stakeholders in the car industry is essential to realize autonomous driving, Elmar Frickenstein, head of fully automated driving at BMW, said Wednesday. In an address to the carIT Congress here, Frickenstein cited the premium brand’s tie-up with chipmaker Intel and sensor specialist Mobileye as an example Read More..