The autonomous BMW test fleet in operation worldwide.
A common objective: visionary change. For over 10 years, BMW has been working successfully on developments leading towards autonomous driving. As long ago as 2006, a BMW 3 Series was already lapping the circuit at Hockenheim by itself, while automated prototypes started undergoing road tests on the A9 motorway between Munich and Nuremberg in 2011. Since 2014, more advanced prototypes have been equipped with 360° environmental sensing technology, giving them the ability to avoid accidents. 2014 was also the year that an automated BMW prototype drifted its way around Las Vegas Speedway for the first time, proving that even driving at the limits of performance is within the realms of possibility. Automated vehicles are now even capable of parking themselves when prompted to using simple gestures (automated valet parking). With the opening of the BMW Group Autonomous Driving Campus near Munich in 2018, the series production of automated driving BMW vehicles is consequently pushed and further developed. With the development of the extensive BMW Personal CoPilot test fleet, the BMW Group collects sensor and vehicle data in a wide variety of traffic situations in Germany, the USA, Israel and China. The data is necessary for safety, simulation and machine learning algorithms.