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Jaguar Land Rover monitors brainwaves

Jaguar Land Rover is exploring the possibility of brainwave sensor monitoring to improve driver concentration and improve vehicle safety.

The new research project named Mind Sense, will develop sensors that are embedded in the seats and steering wheels of research vehicles. At the Gaydon Technology Test Centre, researchers have adapted sensors used by Nasa applications to assess the concentration of the driver in the hope to reduce accidents on the road.

Jaguar Land Rover explained how it hopes monitoring brain activity will achieve this goal:

“One key piece of new research is to see how we could measure brainwaves to monitor if the driver is alert and concentrating on driving,” said Dr Wolfgang Epple, JLR Director of Research & Development. “Even if the eyes are on the road, a lack of concentration or a daydream will mean the driver isn’t paying attention to the driving task.”

How does it work?

Our brains produce four or more distinct types of brainwaves. During daydreaming, Theta waves are the dominant type of brainwave and by monitoring their occurrence, Jaguar Land Rover believe it will be able to detect when driver concentration is waning.

Traditionally, monitoring brainwaves has been performed using sensors placed on the head. Recognising that this isn’t suitable for driving, Jaguar Land Rover have developed sensors which will be embedded into the steering wheel and the data then captured onto an on-board computer. They have also created a sensor which will be embedded into the seat in order to pick up the driver’s heart-beat and breathing. All this data will then be used in the hope of improving driver – vehicle safety and thus reduce human error accidents on the road.

Source: The Engineer

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The Future of Autonomous Technology

Research & Development centres are cropping up across the UK in order to keep up with the demand for new autonomous technology.

As a result Land Rover are researching a new remote control technology that represents a stepping stone towards the fully autonomous car. It could be used by the driver to manoeuvre their car out of difficult situations safely or negotiate challenging terrain, whilst walking alongside the car at a maximum speed of 4mph.

Watch the video below to see this technology in action!

Do you want to contribute to future autonomous technology in the UK? Edison Technical Recruitment currently have various Systems & Software Engineering job opportunities working within the Advanced Driver Assistance System departments for several automotive OEMs. View our latest job opportunities now.

Not sure your current skills & experience are enough to get you a job in this area? Let our team of experts give you the best possible advice on the next step of your career. Register your CV with us and we’ll be in touch for an initial, confidential discussion.

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ADAS Software & Systems Engineers WANTED

Due to huge growth in the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems team of one of our major automotive clients, we’re urgently looking for a large number of software and systems engineers to work in this rapidly-advancing sector.

We’re looking for a number of roles within this team, namely the following:

  1. Controls Systems Engineers
  2. Software / Systems Engineers
  3. Diagnostics and ECU Architecture Engineers
  4. AUTOSAR Software Architect
  5. Functional Safety Engineer
  6. Virtual Validation Engineers

Skills we’re particularly interested in are as follows:

  • Control Systems Engineering (Matlab / Simulink)
  • Virtual Validation (IPG Carmaker)
  • HIL / SIL / MIL testing
  • Requirements Management
  • Functional Safety / ISO26262
  • ASPICE
  • Diagnostics / CAN / Flexray / Vector toolset (CANalyzer / CANoe)
  • DOORS / SysML

If you feel you may be interested in any of the above roles, or would like to find out more about these excellent, long-term contract opportunities, please do get in touch.  We would also like to hear from anyone interested in roles on a permanent basis as this may well be an option in the near future.

Please note: If you require visa sponsorship to work in the UK for any employer you CANNOT be considered for these jobs.

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Jaguar Land Rover Develops Technology to Detect Potholes

Jaguar Land Rover announced this week their pioneering ‘Pothole Alert’ research project which could help save motorists billions of pounds in punctures, vehicle damage and road accidents every year. The cost of vehicle damage caused by potholes in the UK is estimated at £2.8bn every year and Jaguar Land Rover plan ensure their vehicles can identify the location and severity of potholes and broken manhole covers – and adjust suspension in milliseconds. This Research Project will work alongside the Coventry City Council to help understand how sharing data with road authorities could enhance the speed and efficiency of road repairs.

The first vehicle to be equipped with this technology will be the Range Rover Evoque which will take place at Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Research Centre in the UK.

Dr Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover said: “At the moment the most accurate data comes from when the car has driven over the pothole or manhole. So we are also researching how we could improve the measurement and accuracy of pothole detection by scanning the road ahead, so the car could predict how severe they are before the vehicle gets near them.”

Ultimately this piece of technology will continue the progression of the autonomous, connected car which many automotive OEMs are feeling the pressure to research & develop. Car connectivity, advanced driver safety and infotainment features are advancing fast and it has become a battleground amongst OEMs to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market. Jaguar Land Rover without a doubt appear to be one of the fore-runners.

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The Rise of Vehicle Technology

As the UKs automotive sector continues to grow, so does the demand for skilled engineers

Over the last couple of years we have seen a huge growth in the automotive industry and it looks to continue for a long time to come.  Key UK OEMs – such as Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, and Aston Martin – have several new vehicles due to launch in 2015, which has increased the already high demand for skilled engineering staff in this country. According to the Engineering UK 2014 report, overall demand for engineering and manufacturing recruits is up by 40% compared to 2 years ago.  This has meant a huge overall growth in the industry and according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the market grew by 9.4% during 2014.

Edison Technical Recruitment has seen an unprecedented demand for engineers in the last 6 months, especially for highly-qualified technical engineering personnel. The rise in vehicle technology has only added to these pressures, as areas such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Connected Car technology and suchlike all lead us to the fully autonomous car. All this has lead to huge rise in research & development centres cropping up across the UK and beyond, and with a predicted market worth of  €110 billion by 2020, you can understand why.

John McAuley, Managing Director of Edison Technical expressed these views to Brookson who have quoted him in their Economic Outlook 2015: Automotive Sector. Read the full article by visiting the Brookson website.

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ADAS Engineering Jobs – We’re hiring!

Edison are currently looking for a number of engineers with experience in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to work on long-term projects in the UK.

We’re looking for outgoing and enthusiastic engineers with a strong technical background in systems, software, and hardware engineering.  Your skills should include a broad understanding in automotive electrical systems in areas such as ADAS, chassis / powertrain control, and have knowledge of tools such as DOORS, SysML, Matlab / Simulink and the Vector CAN toolset (i.e. CANalyzer / CANoe).

Specific experience in the following areas would be of significant interest:

  • Vehicle diagnostics / network architecture
  • ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), AEBS (Active Emergency Braking Systems), Lane Keeping Assist
  • Vehicle radar systems
  • Automotive (or similar) camera technology

We have roles available from entry-level through to experienced engineers.

If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch at your earliest convenience and one of our consultants will contact you for an initial discussion. Register or Contact us now.