Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to open a new software, IT and engineering centre in Manchester in an effort to bring cutting-edge connected technologies to its vehicles.
Describing Manchester as a “centre of excellence for digital technologies”, the Tata Motors-owned firm said a small team would be established in the city to pioneer new software technology. The group will work alongside existing engineering teams in Warwickshire, the Republic of Ireland, China, and North America.
The Manchester team will also work on a range of mobility services and developing new technology features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
The manufacturer will be looking to draw on Manchester’s “large, skilled talent pool” as it attempts to overcome the current skills shortage. It has already launched a search for IT specialists, software engineers and developers with experience in a range of disciplines such as cloud based features, vehicle software and vehicle architecture.
Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering, said: “As the automotive industry continues to embrace Autonomous, Connected and Electrified technologies, Jaguar Land Rover remains committed to engineering innovative software that will make our customers’ lives better, by creating premium in-car experiences that they love.
“With the Manchester team supporting the creation of connected car technology, the new centre is a fantastic opportunity for us to keep pushing the boundaries towards seamless connectivity, with disruptive technical solutions, and I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues into our Product Engineering team.”
Main image: Land Rover Discovery, Mull – ©Jaguar Land Rover.