Getting 2018 off to a great start was the news that Jaguar Land Rover is opening a new research and development centre in Shannon to spearhead the company’s advanced automated driving technologies.
The Shannon facility will have an important role in realising the company’s vision for electric and automated driving vehicles by developing new technologies to support electrification and self-driving features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
Shannon was selected for the new centre as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent.
According to Nick Rogers, the company’s executive director of product engineering, “Technical innovation lies at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover and our innovation is continuous.
“The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies. While the heart of our business will always be in the UK, the creation of a team in Shannon strengthens our international engineering capabilities and complements our existing team of more than 10,000 engineers based in the UK.”
The Shannon team will start by developing the next generation of electrical architecture as well as exploring advanced driver assistance systems features for future vehicles.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen said, “This is a great boost for Shannon, Co. Clare and the Midwest Region.
“Jaguar Land Rover are iconic brands which have endured through innovation and staying ahead of their competitors. This new software engineering centre will bring 150 new high-quality jobs to Shannon and I wish Jaguar Land Rover and its team well in its endeavours.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, said: “Having a globally recognised company of such international standing will greatly enhance Shannon’s reputation as a Centre of Excellence.
“The 150 jobs will be of significant benefit to Clare and the Midwest region. Attracting investment into regional locations is a key focus for IDA Ireland and this project shows how the particular strengths of regional locations can be harnessed to attract investments. I wish Jaguar Land Rover every success.”
Jaguar Land Rover is working towards a cleaner future and all new vehicle lines will be offered with the option of electrification from 2020, giving customers even more choice.
The company will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across the model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. The first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale in 2018.
Jaguar Land Rover’s vision is to make automated driving viable in the widest range of real-life, on and off-road environments and weather.
Jaguar Land Rover is looking for software engineers with experience in a range of disciplines such as artificial intelligence, safety-critical systems and vehicle architecture.