BMW Autonomous Car Center in China
|Source: Image of BMW's Planned Center in China|
Partnering with Tencent
BMW and Chinese gaming giant Tencent are opening a computing center in China to gather and process the data generated by self-driving cars on China's roads. The automotive giant says this will enable them to develop and innovate self-driving technologies specifically suited for driving conditions in China. This is the second facility of its kind for BMW. In 2016, they opened a center in Munich specifically geared to German self-driving prototypes.
BMW on the Road in China
BMW is the only non-Chinese automaker that's been given permission to test autonomous technologies on public roads in China. The computing center will be built in eastern China. BMW says it will use cloud computing to quickly and safely gather the data. BMW plans to launch its first Level 3 autonomous cars in 2021 including in China.