BMW To Build Test Track For Self-Driving Cars in the Czech Republic

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German automaker BMW said it will spend over 100 million euros on a test track for self-driving and electric cars in the Czech Republic, as it expands its foray into alternative driving technologies.

The construction of BMW’s vehicle testing project will create several hundred jobs in the Czech Republic, where costs are lower than in neighboring Germany. The project is due to go on stream at the start of the next decade.

The group, which also includes the Rolls-Royce and MINI brands, plans to introduce its first highly automated iNEXT model in 2021 and has teamed up with Intel, Mobileye, Delphi [DCLC.UL], Continental and Fiat Chrysler to develop a market for driverless vehicles.

Projects at the 500-hectare (1,200-acre) Sokolov site near the German border, picked out of 82 potential locations, will include the testing of driver-assistance and braking systems.

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