Each of the OEMs has at least one private proving ground, and each of the major Tier 1 suppliers has or has access to a proving ground. These proving grounds are secure and have road conditions and driving scenarios that can be safely used and provide reproducible test data.
BMW will invest more than 300 million euros to increase output in Germany at its Leipzig plant, the automaker's fifth-largest factory globally, laying the foundation for production of future models. BMW builds the i3 and i8 models in Leipzig.
While auto workers in Germany and South Korea fight to save their jobs, one of China's youngest auto brands is gearing up to build SUVs at a new factory with digitally-connected robots and a fresh workforce of 1,800 people.
Nexteer Automotive's new suite of autonomous-driving technologies promotes steer-by-wire in various applications. Jeff Zuraski, executive director for Nexteer, spoke with News Editor Lindsay Chappell about the outlook.
The Trump administration may be intent on lowering fuel economy standards for 2022-2025 model year vehicles, but automakers said last week that it won't slow the pace of their research and development to make internal combustion engines more efficient.
BMW said it will increase research and development spending to an all-time high of up to $8.6 billion this year as its expands its electrified lineup. The company also warned of a possible impact from trade barriers and customs duties in the U.S. and said Brexit could have an adverse long-term effect.
Early conversations around driverless cars have focused on robot taxis because taking the human driver out of a cab seemed like the quickest path to profitability. Renault-Nissan sees autonomous delivery as the more lucrative venture.
Toyota says its Kirobo Mini conversation partner, a robot it's selling in Japan, is a first step toward talking cars, but its conversations highlight the gulf that remains in achieving that goal and the challenges automakers face when delving into tomorrow's world of high technology.
BMW's product and technology offensive has led to a significant rise in r&d spending. Finance boss Nicolas Peter is working to make sure the company has the money it needs to develop next-generation solutions while still meeting the group's profitability goals.