To make this possible, the company said that they are combining its development expertise in vehicle connectivity and automated driving at a new campus in Unterschleissheim. However upon final completion, the company expects to have more than 2,000 employees. Starting in mid-2017, the new Unterschleissheim campus will conflate all activities and competencies related to autonomous driving now dispersed across various locations.
The campus is slated to begin functioning with the iNEXT; a model that is scheduled for release in 2021 and will be the flagship vehicle for BMW's autonomous and EV-centric models.
Small teams of specialists with a high level of individual decision-making authority will be used. "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", said Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management, responsible for Development at the BMW Group. "We indeed are devising our algorithms by ourselves and can implement our ideas independently", explained André Müller, software developer in the autonomous driving team. Now the carmaker is hiring many more developers, IT experts and software designers with expertise in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analysis.