The BMW Group was an early driving force for the digital transformation of the automotive industry, responding quickly to constantly changing customer needs. Today, the company is a pioneer in the development of intelligent, connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as integration of digital services. In the current digital transformation, both the BMW Group and the automotive industry benefit from ongoing research in the field of computer engineering.

The BMW Group is creating the Digitalization and IT Research Award to pay tribute to outstanding contributions to research by independent persons, research teams and institutions. The award recognises ground-breaking research results in software development and information technology in the areas of artificial intelligence, big data, internet of things, cybersecurity, connectivity and autonomous driving.

BMW Group experts from various digital disciplines nominate potential candidates, with the winner chosen by an in-house jury. The most important criteria are that the research results have a practical application and a positive impact on the BMW Group’s business processes.