Monday, August 8, 2022

BMW Group offers a first glimpse of the new development site in Sokolov.

Munich. The early deployment of two test areas marks an important milestone in the
construction of the BMW Group’s first development site in Central
Europe. The Group is presenting the first two track sections for
testing autonomous vehicles and assistance systems to guests from
politics and the media at the new BMW Group Future Mobility Centre in
Sokolov. At the new test site, the BMW Group will continue to advance
ground-breaking topics, such as electrification, digitalisation and
automated driving. The proving ground in the Karlovy Vary region is
about two-and-a-half hours’ drive from the BMW Group’s main
development site, the Research and Development Centre (FIZ), in Munich.

With the launch of the two test tracks and
an exclusive insight into its testing operations, the BMW Group will
showcase the first results of its 300-million-euro investment in
Sokolov. The testing facility is expected to be fully operational by
mid-2023 and will have more than 100 employees working on site. The
New Technology Area, an approx. 90,000 m² homologation-capable area
with three separate run-up tracks, provides optimal conditions for
testing assistance systems and behaviour in cross traffic as well as
emergency braking and evasive situations. The tests are prepared and
controlled from the adjoining control room with temporary workstations.

“With the early deployment of two track
sections to prepare for official
vehicle testing in Solokov, we
are now testing new assistance systems from the point of view of
driver safety and advancing the further development of test scenarios.
From mid-2023, the new test site in the Czech Republic will operate in
addition to the BMW Group’s existing testing facilities in Aschheim
near Munich, Miramas in France and Arjeplog in Sweden,” explains
Andreas Heb, BMW Group project manager responsible for the testing
ground in Sokolov.

In the immediate vicinity of the New Technology Area is the
six-kilometre Autonomous Driving Highway, a motorway-style circuit
with on- and off-ramp scenarios for testing autonomous vehicles on
motorways. The test motorway has been equipped with two functional
lanes and an emergency stop lane as well as gantries and a straight
stretch measuring over 1,000 meters. “The BMW Group’s first
development location in Central Europe creates new opportunities.
Sokolov offers ideal conditions and suitable grounds for expanding our
test locations. The trusting cooperation with property owner
Sokolovská uhelná and all political representatives
confirms that our choice of new location is
the right one,” says Robert Thurner, BMW Group Head of Real Estate
Management Region Europe, Middle East, Proving Ground.

In case you have any questions, please contact:

BMW Group Corporate Communications

Almut Stollberg, Head of Communication, Innovation, Design,
Technology, Digital Car
E-Mail: , Tel: +49-151-601-96543

Dieter Falkensteiner, Corporate Affairs
BMW Group Innovations
and Design Communications (AK-24)

Tel: +49-89-382-51813





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workforce of 120,726 employees.

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