BMW Group is expanding its global Research and Development network by opening a Technology Office in Tel Aviv, the centre of the country’s startup scene. The office will be used for trend and technology scouting in Israel.

The small, agile team consisting of experts from various disciplines will network with local startups to evaluate and drive forward relevant trends, technologies and innovations.

Klaus Fröhlich, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development said: “Tel Aviv has one of the fastest growing startup scenes in the world – especially in the important future fields for us such as autonomous driving or connectivity.”

BMW operates more than 20 R&D facilities in eight countries such as USA, China, Japan and South Korea. They work closely with the central development departments in Munich to shape future mobility.

The BMW Group Technology Office in Tel Aviv is due to open in Israel’s technology hotspot midway through 2019.