German automobile manufacturer BMW has commenced construction on a €100m Driving Simulation Centre for the simulation of real-world driving situations at the FIZ Research and Innovation Centre in Munich, Germany.
Construction on the advanced facility commenced in August 2018 and it is expected to be completed in 2020. The new building is expected to provide several possibilities for virtual testing of advanced driving assistance systems and display and control concepts.
The facility is also expected to strengthen the development expertise of the BMW Group in autonomous driving.
The facility will feature a high-fidelity simulator, in which longitudinal, transverse and rotational movements of a vehicle can be represented simultaneously, allowing the company’s engineers to conduct studies as if they were taking place in real-world road traffic.
The simulation centre features two innovative driving simulators designed to meet the requirements for testing complex automated driving systems.
The first unit, a high-dynamic simulator, will generate the longitudinal and transverse acceleration forces and will be used to test new systems and functions by replicating evading manoeuvres, full braking and hard acceleration.
The second unit, a high-fidelity simulator, will provide detailed rendering of real-world driving characteristics such as braking and accelerating while cornering, and driving in roundabouts. It can produce rapid series of multiple turn-off manoeuvres with high precision.
Urban driving situations can also be reproduced realistically, allowing vehicle responses to be improved constantly.
The new facility is part of the ‘FIZ Future’ masterplan, which calls for a 50% growth of the group’s central development facility through several stages up to 2050.
Foundation stone for the first phase of the project was laid in 2017 and the start of work on the new simulation centre marks another stage in the project.
The 11,400m² facility is being constructed between the Projekthaus and the Aerodynamic Test Centre. It will comprise 14 simulators and usability labs and will employ 157 people.
BMW Group Research intends to begin work at the facility in 2020.
Image: A rendering of BMW’s new driving simulation centre. Photo: courtesy of BMW Group.