The BMW Group’s cars will now manoeuvre themselves around their production plant without requiring a driver. Their Automated Driving In-Plant project (‘Automatisiertes Fahren im Werk’, AFW) is to add to efficiency in plants and distribution centres. The aim of the AFW pilot project is for vehicles to move autonomously around logistics areas and assembly – safely, efficiently and without requiring a driver. To make this happen, the BMW Group has been collaborating with Seoul Robotics from South Korea and Embotech from Switzerland. Launching in July 2022 at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, the new system will first be trialled on two cars incorporating breakthrough technologies the new BMW 7 Series and the fully electric BMW i7. Drivers may have to wait longer to get behind the wheel of a self-driving BMW, however as the cars use a different system to experiments in self-driving cars - and the sensors directing the cars are in the plant rather than the vehicle. The pilot project will run for several months before being rolled out further.
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