BMW Group opened the new Shanghai R&D Centre as part of BMW’s Innovation Day China. The event showcased BMW’s latest developments in the areas of innovation, digital services, autonomous driving and automotive design.
Following the opening of the Beijing R&D Centre and the laying of the foundation stone for phase II of the Shenyang High-Voltage Battery Centre in May 2018, the new R&D Centre in Shanghai marks another milestone for BMW’s “In China, for China” R&D strategy, illustrating how the BMW Group has further enhanced the R&D network in China.
The BMW Group values the China’s importance as a driver of innovation and will continue to increase its R&D investment there. “China has a world-class infrastructure, abundant skills and strong support from the government. As one of the most vibrant cities in China, Shanghai is in touch with the latest trends and represents the cutting edge of technology and innovation. It has become the spearhead of innovation for BMW’s R&D network in China and an incubator for future technologies. The Shanghai R&D Centre will focus on autonomous driving, digital services and futuristic design, and will expand collaboration with leading high-tech companies. With its team of experienced and talented professionals, the Shanghai R&D Centre will bring more and more innovative technologies to Chinese customers,” said Mr Jochen Goller, President & CEO, BMW Group Region China.
At today’s BMW Innovation Day local innovation and technology companies joined the event, sharing views with BMW R&D specialists and demonstrating their innovative achievements. The Technology Office China has been working with Chinese high-tech companies on open innovation projects covering the four aspects of ACES (Automated, Connected, Electrified and Shared) since 2016, with the aim of building a future mobility ecosystem in China.
Dr Martin Sautter, Senior Vice President, Research and Development Centre BMW, BMW China Services Ltd., presented awards to four Chinese start-ups for their outstanding achievements in the quest for future mobility solutions.
The new Shanghai R&D Centre comprises four departments focusing on future mobility trends and innovative design: Technology Office China; Digital Products & Services and Digitalisation Customer Interface; Connected and Automated Driving Lab; Designworks Shanghai Studio.
It covers over 2,500 m2 and features an open and flexible working environment that inspires employees and improves cooperation. The R&D team is made up of over 200 technical specialists and designers. More than 90% are Chinese. They come from diverse scientific backgrounds: big data, robotics, AI, human machine interface, mechanical engineering, business model development and economics.
All the departments of the Shanghai R&D Centre work with other BMW R&D departments around the world as part of a collaborative effort to transform the BMW Group into a high-tech mobility service company.