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Fully autonomous cars in the UK

Connected Cars WILL provide a BIG boost to the Midlands growing automotive sector

A report commissioned by the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have predicted that connected cars, or more rather the ‘driver-less car’, will have a massive impact on the UKs automotive & manufacturing sector, specifically in the Midlands.

As well as creating a £51 billion opportunity for businesses and potentially thousands of jobs in the automotive manufacturing sector, the report predicts connected cars will also improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase vehicle efficiency and cut c02 emissions.  All this will evidently provide a huge boost for an already growing automotive sector in the Midlands.

Last month we suggested that the fully autonomous car is still a long way off, but new reports have suggested that they may be a lot closer than we first originally thought. The report provided by the SMMT predicts that by 2030 every new car will have some form of connectivity, and this can certainly be evident in cars coming of the production line even today, from the likes of Jaguar, Ford & BMW. More than a quarter of these cars however will become fully autonomous, and research suggests it will prevent more than 25,000 serious accidents on the road.

Last month Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to boost the Midlands automotive industry by investing £400 million at its Castle Bromwich plant in order to build the new Jaguar XE. Furthermore, last week Geely, owner of the London Taxi Company, announced plans to invest a staggering £1 billion in the Midlands to produce its electric-hybrid London Black Cab. This glowing future predicted for the automotive sector will further enhance the UKs car manufacturing sector, which is up more than 50% in the past five years alone.

Finally, the report has forecast that over 320,000 jobs will be created in the UK by 2030 of which 25,000 will be within the automotive manufacturing sector, mainly within the Midlands. This all means that it is a very exciting time to be an automotive engineer!

Whether you are a recent graduate with an automotive-related degree, or you are a professional seeking your next career move in the automotive industry, Edison Technical Recruitment would be delighted to help you in your job search. Simply contact us or take a look at our current vacancies in the automotive industry now.

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London Taxi Company to create 1,000 new jobs in Coventry

The firm behind the new London taxi announces plans to invest £250m in its next generation green-cab

  • Coventry to receive new state of the art facility for the next generation London Black Taxi
  • Up to 1,000 jobs will be created
  • Significant increase in production planned from 2018

The UK’s car-making industry received an even bigger boost this week as the man behind the London Taxi Company, Geely, is pumping £250 million into a research, development and assembly plant in Coventry. This in turn will create further jobs and secure long-term economic benefits for the Midlands.

This announcement comes at a time when the company prepares to create it’s next-generation electric and ultra-low emission taxi in light of the new regulations being introduced which will reduce the level of emissions from new taxis.

The Mayor of London, behind the new regulation, said: “The production of zero emission capable vehicles, incorporating the latest state of the art technology, is essential as we strive to create the greenest taxi fleet in the world for London. I warmly welcome Geely’s commitment to building this impressive new factory in Coventry, highlighting the UK’s position as a world leader in the development and manufacturing of ultra low emission technologies.” (The London Taxi Company)

The new plant will have the capacity to assemble up to 36,000 vehicles a year and will significantly increase the UK’s economic growth and the automotive industry as a whole.

Edison Technical Recruitment are delighted to be working alongside the major automotive OEMs in the UK. We have many exciting new job opportunities coming up and will continue to do so as the industry grows. For more information please contact john.mcauley@edisontechnical.co.uk.

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