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BMW is recruiting IT specialists and software developers for its new autonomous driving campus (Photo: BMW)

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 square meters of office space, and BMW Group is now recruiting IT specialists and software developers to work on artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analysis.

The campus has an open-plan layout with managers working alongside their employees, and has been designed to support flexible, agile working practices. The offices have been laid out for interdisciplinary scrum teams, involving team members with different skills working on sub-processes, and for following innovations end-to-end from research phase to development for series production. The layout also streamlines the development processes, with vehicle testing facilities a short walk from the offices to allow for immediate evaluation of software code, for example.

This creation of a more modern, less hierarchical working environment and culture is an important measure for BMW to attract talented young IT professionals.

- Farah Alkhalisi