With its “self-driving, electric and fully connected” iNEXT scheduled to release in 2021, BMW is now just one of many car companies racing to create the first fully autonomous car. To meet this deadline and spur development for even more BMW autonomous vehicles, the company will be opening a campus dedicated to combining “expertise in vehicle connectivity and automated driving” in Unterschleissheim near Munich.
The facility is expected to officially begin operations in mid-2017, and is expected to host over 2,000 employees once that happens. This facility is built to handle all aspects of vehicle development, from software development to road testing, while bringing together experts from all over the world under a single roof. By concentrating so many specialists and development aspects in one location, BMW hopes to streamline the development process, allowing less delay between input and feedback for engineers and programmers.