67th IAA Cars 2017 – The future of engineering: the swarm intelligent, autonomous vehicle as a collective idea.

The 67th International Motor Show (IAA), to be held Sept. 14-24 in Frankfurt, Germany, is about to host a very special premiere: Engineering 2.0. In 2013, BFFT joined the EDAG group – the world’s biggest independent engineering partner in the international automotive industry. Now, in collaboration with EDAG, BFFT will be developing an interactive mobility concept for swarm intelligent autonomous vehicles in what will presumably be the first ever live engineering session.


(Gaimersheim, September 04, 2017) – Visitors will not only be able to watch the development specialists at work – they will also be able to interactively participate in the concept phase under the hashtag #collectivio, on-site or via social media. On the last day of the trade show, the result of this experiment, which you can find at, will be presented as a 3D printed scale model.


#collectivio is a fine example of the trend towards collective networking, especially prevalent in Industry 4.0. In engineering, this leads to multi-dimensional, more flexible and faster development processes. For Markus Fichtner, CEO and founder of BFFT, the Engineering 2.0 project at the IAA lines up perfectly with the BFFT philosophy: “As technological developers, we always want to be a little different. That’s what gives us our special innovative strength and speed.” And these qualities are in higher demand than ever. Fichtner: “The automotive sector is tackling some major challenges right now. For example, autonomous driving. BFFT is currently working on the gradual integration of man and machine, from networking and cloud-based control.” As always, the developers are striving to be no. 1 when it comes to quality.


To this end, the engineers and developers of #collectivio are using the SCRUM method in their live engineering project. SCRUM (i.e. “huddle”) refers to a particularly agile type of project management in which the team meets frequently (usually every day) to discuss their progress and exchange ideas. New specifications and customer requests can be received, broken down into work packages (called “sprints”), compiled, prioritized and integrated at frequent intervals. During the IAA, this is actually going to happen “live”. According to the project initiators, this is “precisely the right approach” to demonstrate how even the engineering process itself can become even better, more innovative and more efficient in the future.

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