The 2017 BMW 5 Series will be the first car to benefit from the luxury car maker’s new 3D data modelling technology. The data mapping involves two robots (with two sensors each) that are free to move across, mapping the car in complete space.
The system registers the car’s 3D model accurate to 100 µm. Such a high level of accuracy would allow the engineers to detect an invisible discrepancy at an early stage.
The new 3D data modelling is deployed when a new car is transferred from engineering to production. The data model is used to device the production operations with high quality standards. The technology is a part of BMW’s digitisation strategy for production.
The fully automated measuring sell can be used during off hours as well and it can map a car in a matter of few days. This data can be uploaded online for the consumption of the production plant.
The next generation 5 Series has been teased in the images that show the 3D data modelling technology. The prototype is fully camouflaged but we can make out the basic design which is a mild evolution of the existing car.
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The 2017 BMW 5 Series is expected to make its world premiere later this year, probably at the Paris Motor Show in October.