Jaguar-Landrover Opens 3 New Tech Hubs for Self-Driving Tech in Germany, Italy and Spain.
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced the expansion of its global digital capability by opening three new European tech hubs, creating nearly 100 new engineering jobs. 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 tech hubs JLR has invested in. The new sites are situated in Munich, Bologna, and Madrid, with the locations chosen because of the availability of digital engineering skills in the area. Munich is one of Europe's top-ranking technology hubs, while JLR has identified the sites in Spain and Italy as significant and growing tech hub locations in Europe.
The new hubs' inception comes in addition to existing JLR tech hubs in Portland (USA), Budapest, Shannon, Shanghai, India and Manchester in the UK. These hubs employ over 1100 engineers, forming part of JLR's nearly 9000-strong global engineering force.
Together Jaguar Land Rover's nine global engineering hubs will provide services and feed data into the Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, UK, to create Jaguar Land Rover's next-generation vehicles that deliver a fully connected experience for the 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 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 & features, software, verification & validation and hardware.
In addition to the development of self driving and autonomous features, Electrification of all JLR ranges is central to the companies strategy, the company is targeting decade end for all Range Rover, Discovery, Defender collections to each have a pure electric model, while Jaguar will be entirely electric.
Jaguar Landrover says "at heart" they are a British company, however since Tata Motors Limited acquired JLR, the company has grown a vast multi national footprint, in the UK, the company has two design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an engine manufacturing centre, and a battery assembly centre, The company has now vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria, and Slovakia, and 9 International technical centres across the globe.