BMW Group has selected NVIDIA’s robotics platform to enhance its automotive factories — utilizing logistics robots built on advanced AI computing. BMW’s aim is to use the Isaac robotics platform to produce custom-configured cars more rapidly and efficiently. Once developed, the system will be deployed to BMW Group factories worldwide.
Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, says: “BMW Group’s use of NVIDIA’s Isaac robotics platform to reimagine their factory is revolutionary. BMW Group is leading the way to the era of robotic factories, harnessing breakthroughs in AI and robotics technologies to create the next level of highly customizable, just-in-time, just-in-sequence manufacturing.”
Jürgen Maidl, senior vice president of Logistics for the BMW Group, adds: “Manufacturing high-quality, highly customized cars, on multiple models, with higher volume, on one factory line requires advanced computing solutions from end-to-end. Our collaboration with NVIDIA allows us to develop the future of factory logistics today and to ultimately delight BMW Group customers worldwide.”
BMW Group’s supply chain takes millions of parts flowing into a factory from more than 4,500 supplier sites, involving 230,000 unique part numbers, and in growing volumes as BMW Group’s car sales have doubled over the past 10 years to 2.5 million vehicles.