Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that in 2018 will open to Shannon (Republic of Ireland) a center of software development of 20 million pounds. That will produce 150 new jobs.
Together with the Jaguar Land Rover technical team in the UK, the center of Shannon will work to implement the Company's projects in the field of electric and autonomous vehicles . The Center will develop new electrification and autonomous driving technologies for future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover has chosen Shannon as a center of excellence for current and future software development.
The words of Nick Rogers, Executive Director, Product Engineering
“ Technical innovation is the heart of Jaguar Land Rover and our innovation is constant. The new plant offers us the opportunity to pave the way for future electrification and autonomous driving technologies. The core of our business will always remain in the United Kingdom. The creation of the Shannon Team strengthens our capabilities internationally. And it integrates the team of over 10,000 technicians in the UK. “
With the support of the Irish Development Agency, Shannon's team will begin developing the next generation of electric vehicle architecture. And exploring the capabilities of advanced driver assistance systems for future vehicles
The words of Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection  “This initiative is a great stimulus for Shannon, Co. Clare and the Midwest region. Jaguar and Land Rover are iconic brands successful, thanks to innovation to maintain a leading position compared to the competition. The new software development center will bring 150 new highly skilled jobs to Shannon. The region has a lot to offer in terms of skilled and qualified professionals. And I wish the best for Jaguar Land Rove and his team. “
The words of Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland
” This is excellent news. The arrival of a company of international standing and world famous as Jaguar Land Rover will greatly enhance Shannon's reputation as the Center of Excellence in the industry. The 150 jobs will bring significant benefits to Clare and the Midwest region. One of IDA Ireland's primary objectives is to attract investments in the region. And this project demonstrates how the particular strengths of these locations can enable this goal to be achieved. I wish Jaguar Land Rover a great success. “
As part of this development Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with the online training provider Udacity. Specialized in courses on autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, robotics and data analysis
These courses will provide the skills necessary to contribute to the design skills of Jaguar Land Rover and constant technological innovation.
The company works for a greener future and, starting from 2020 the whole range of new products will offer the option of electrification. Thus prospecting for customers an increasingly wide choice. A portfolio of electrified vehicles will be launched across the entire model range, including full electric, plug-in and mild hybrid vehicles. The first performance Jaguar fully electric SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, will be marketed in 2018.
Jaguar Land Rover is developing technologies that affect both semi-autonomous vehicles and autonomous vehicles, to offer the choice between active driving and autonomous driving, ensuring in any case a safe and fun driving experience. The company's vision is to enable autonomous driving in the greatest number of real situations, on asphalt or off-road, and in all weather conditions
Jaguar Land Rover research engineers of experienced software in a range of sectors ranging from artificial intelligence to safety critical systems to vehicle architecture.