BMW i Ventures announced an investment in Bright Machines, a company delivering intelligent, software-defined manufacturing for the next generation of products.

Bright Machines is helping computer, electronic, and automotive brands improve product quality, throughput, and factory optimisation, while cutting costs and time to market.

"Bright Machines is helping to usher in a new era of manufacturing where intelligent, software-defined machines build products autonomously and efficiently," said Marcus Behrendt, partner, BMW i Ventures. "Bright Machines is poised to revolutionise the factory of the future, and we're thrilled to help be a part of their journey."

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices worldwide, Bright Machines was founded in 2018 to bring intelligence to the factory, enabling manufacturers to autonomously build physical products. Bright Machines delivers software-defined manufacturing by combining the best in robotics and software with machine learning, computer vision, and data science. Software-defined manufacturing brings automation, greater clarity, flexibility and speed to the manufacturing process.