The German car company BMW Group stated on the 21st that the 2017 R&D budget is 6.180 billion Euros, and this year’s estimate will see up to 7 billion Euros, mainly for the development of new cars, electric cars and self-driving cars. The BMW Vow will use the “Automated, Connected, Electrified, Services” program to play a leading role in the transformation of the mobile industry.
Despite adding R&D expenditures, BMW still expects this year’s pre-tax surplus to be at least the same as last year’s highest level in history. BMW plans to launch 25 electric vehicles by the end of 2025, and half of them will be all-electric vehicles. The BMW Group also plans to launch a full electric vehicle with a range of 700 kilometers since 2021.
With the continuous expansion of the international production network and the impact of electric vehicles and self-driving development plans, as of December 31, 2017, BMW Group’s global workforce has reached 129,932, an increase of 4.2% compared to the end of 2016.
Thomson Reuters reported that Klaus Froehlich, head of research and development at BMW Group, stated on the 21st that despite the unfortunate accident of Uber’s self-driving car crashing a pedestrian, the BWM’s self-driving strategy will not change. If BMW’s R&D expenditure reaches 7 billion euros this year, it will set a record high.
BMW is expected to double its self-driving test fleet to about 80 this year. Froehlich pointed out that BMW’s self-driving mileage will reach 250 million kilometers, of which 20 million kilometers will be on real roads, and the remaining 230 million kilometers will be tested on large supercomputers. He also mentioned that BMW plans to launch a self-driving car in 2021. The reason why it cannot be sold in advance is that chip makers and software designers have not been able to develop enough computers to deal with huge data on self-driving cars.
The “DriveNow” electric vehicle sharing service company has recently become a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW. Founded in 2011, DriveNow was originally a car-sharing joint venture between BWM Group and Sixt SE. DriveNow has served 1 million customers in 13 European cities, and BWM plans to secure 100 million active users by the end of 2025.
source : technews.tw