JLR launches three new tech hubs in self driving technology push

Jaguar Land Rover has announced it’s expanding its global digital capability by opening three new tech hubs in Germany, Italy and Spain.

It says the hubs are set up to develop autonomous driving systems for JLR’s next generation of vehicles, and come in addition to the six existing global hubs.

The new hubs are situated in Munich, Bologna and Madrid, with the locations chosen because of the availability of digital engineering skills in the area.

JLR explains that Munich is one of Europe’s top-ranking technology hubs, while adding the sites in Spain and Italy have also been identified as significant and growing tech hub locations in Europe.

The new hubs’ inception comes in addition to existing JLR tech hubs in Manchester plus ones in the USA, Hungary, Ireland, China and India. Collectively these hubs employ over 1100 engineers, forming part of JLR’s nearly 9000 strong global engineering force.

Jaguar Land Rover says together the nine global engineering hubs will provide services and feed data into the Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon in the UK, to create Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation vehicles that epitomise modern luxury and deliver a fully connected experience for customer.

Thomas Müller, Product Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover, said; “We are harnessing talent in autonomous technologies around the world to develop new autonomous technologies for our future products which will deliver a truly modern luxury experience for our clients

“Software is essential for us to deliver a fully connected experience for our clients and creating global engineering hubs will enable seamless hybrid working across several locations and ensure we harness the best talent for our business.”

The company adds that the creation of the three new tech hubs marks the progression of Jaguar Land Rover’s multi-year partnership with NVIDIA, the leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and computing. Under the partnership, JLR engineers are working to develop and deliver next-generation automated driving systems, digital services, and experiences for clients.

Teams based at the new tech hubs have expertise spanning areas of autonomous technology including systems and features, software, verification and validation, and hardware.

(Picture – JLR)


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