The name BMW generally stands for premium class vehicles and sporty motorcycles, but Germany’s traditional car brand is less well known as a provider of logistics solutions. Yet automobile production requires sophisticated logistics. With the recent spin-off IDEALworks, BMW is now starting its own logistics business segment, which is to extend far beyond the automotive sector. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 largest logistics companies in Germany.
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Industry-driven engineering technology for autonomous logistics
IDEALworks GmbH, a 100 percent subsidiary of BMW, has only been in existence for a few weeks, and the logistics activities of the car group have been in existence for much longer. With the spin-off, the company is now on the way to marketing its own logistics expertise. The name component “IDEAL” stands for “Industry Driven Engineering for Autonomous Logistics”. The company is based in Munich.
The market launch will take place with the Smart Transport Robot STR, an in-house development implemented in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute as early as 2015. The STR – now marketed as iw.hub – is a flat, mobile and autonomously moving robot that can transport goods weighing up to one tonne and deliver them to their destination. The robot is “intelligent” – it calculates the best route and navigates independently in space. Even in new environments, the autonomous transporter quickly finds its way around without external control.
BMW currently uses 130 STRs itself, but the robot can also provide valuable services in warehouse logistics and production sites. The cloud-based control platform “AnyFleet” is to form another supporting pillar of the business. This is an easy-to-use user interface for the control of autonomous transport vehicles from a wide range of manufacturers.
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In our industry report of the German logistics industry you will find detailed information on areas of activity, an overview of the locations and clusters of the logistics industry, key financial figures as well as insights into the gender distribution and sustainability efforts of the industry. You will also find information on innovations in the industry, including robot systems similar to the smart robot described in the article above.