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Jaguar Land Rover in negotiations to buy Silverstone

Jaguar Land Rover in negotiations to buy Silverstone

Jaguar Land Rover has reportedly made a bid for the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone, thought to be valued at almost £23 million.

The West Midlands car giant is in negotiations to secure the site with major plans on the horizon, including a five-star hotel, a Jaguar Land Rover heritage centre & motor industry museum.

According to the Coventry Telegraph, a source close to Jaguar Land Rover said: “They have been trying to buy Silverstone for a while now. Talks are still ongoing and the deal isn’t sealed yet.”

“They are interested in it for testing cars and the Motorsport side.”

Recent comments made by Silverstone’s managing director a few months ago suggested that the racing circuit was at risk without major investment on the race track. The news that Jaguar Land Rover are in a position to take over the site has been welcomed by automotive sector experts, claiming JLR could attract enthusiasts from around the world.

A spokesman for Jaguar Land Rover said: “Jaguar Land Rover continually looks to invest and grow its business operations in the UK. We constantly evaluate a wide range of opportunities which are confidential.

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Automotive industry shaken in wake of emissions scandal

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Volkswagen stirs up the automotive industry with emission testing scandal

Volkswagen has today confirmed that the number of vehicles in the UK fitted with the same software behind the diesel emissions scandal, is nearly 1.2 million. This means that the UK is the second most-affected country to have the cheating vehicles re-called, in what is officially the biggest recall of vehicles in history.

Whilst most of the focus has surrounded Volkswagen, other automotive makers such as Audi and Skoda have also confirmed to containing the same software. Audi has said that at least 2.1 million of its diesel-powered cars are affected and they are currently working at full speed to determine a technical solution. Skoda has said 1.2 million of its cars are involved.

In light of this scandal its no surprise then that industry commentators have suggested that other major car-makers may be at fault. Jaguar Land Rover were one of the first to distance themselves from the scandal by making it clear that they do not use any emissions defeat software. The firm reiterated their goal of producing cleaner vehicles and do so by employing 8,000 engineers and technologists across their advanced engineering and design centres in the West Midlands. 

A spokesman for JLR said: “Our latest cars are the cleanest ever and customers who buy vehicles from Jaguar Land Rover can be confident that they will be fully compliant with all EU and US emissions regulations; that they will adopt the latest technology to control emissions and they will be helping improve air quality and meeting CO2 and emission targets.”

The total cost of the investigation undertaken by by VW will be £4.6 billion. It is unclear at this stage what the total cost will be world-wide.


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Exclusive picture of the Jaguar F-PACE revealed ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show

The F-PACE ready for launch

Tonight Jaguar will showcase its first ever SUV – the F-PACE – in a dramatic launch ceremony at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The F-Pace has been described by Jaguar as “a performance crossover, blending exhilarating performance with intuitive technology and class leading practicality”. Nothing can be further than the truth when we look at pictures of the F-PACE, which were revealed last week at Chengdu Motor Show in China. The F-PACE combines the performance of the F-Type sports car and the same aluminium intensive architecture as the XE saloon, but the dynamic look of the car makes the F-PACE the first of its kind.

Design Director, Ian Callum, sums the F-PACE up perfectly, “The Jaguar F-PACE inspired by the F-TYPE, represents the perfect balance of style, performance and practicality. It offers a unique combination of Jaguar sports car inspired exterior design, fused beautifully with a thoroughly practical and spacious luxury interior. The F-PACE is our family sports car.”

The F-PACE will go into production at JLR’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands, creating an additional 1300 new jobs. It is expected the car will go on sale in 2016 but the price tag remains unknown.


The countdown to the official launch is nearly over. Watch the dramatic launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show at 7.15pm BST on Jaguar’s website.

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Jaguar Land Rover unveils new factory plans

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities after signing a letter of intent to build a new factory in Slovakia. As part of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to deliver more lightweight vehicles, the new plant would aim to produce up to 300,000 vehicles over the next decade; with the first batch of cars to come off the production line in 2018.

The expansion reflects Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing ambition to bring production closer to key markets and become more globally competitive.

Robert Fico, prime minister of Slovakia, said: “We are committed to developing Slovakia’s premium automotive industry and, should we be successful, this investment would represent a significant step forward in achieving this. It would provide a boost to our country’s wider industrial strategy as well as benefiting the European Union as a whole.

“We look forward to working closely with Jaguar Land Rover over the coming months to progress the negotiations.”

Recently, Jaguar Land Rover revealed plans to build vehicles in Austria, and they are currently in talks with other European countries and the US to build another manufacturing plant. The locations are largely picked for the growth potential of nearby car markets.

Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive at Jaguar Land Rover, has said: “The expansion of our business globally is essential to support its long-term, resilient growth. As well as creating additional capacity, it allows us to invest in the development of more new vehicles and technologies, which supports jobs in the UK.”

Over the past five years, Jaguar Land Rover has employed more than 20,000 people taking its workforce to more than 36,000 and invested more than £11 billion in new technology and development centres. That includes investing more than £500 million in a new Engine Manufacturing Centre in the UK for production of it’s ingenium four cylinder engine.

Despite JLR’s overseas expansion signalling a move away from its UK manufacturing base, Chief executive Dr Ralf Speth confirms: “The UK remains at the centre of our design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Partnerships such as this will complement our UK operations and engineering”.

Source: Birmingham Post

 

 

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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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Who are the automotive firms providing new jobs for the UK?

Many of the UK’s major automotive firms have recently announced further plans to invest and grow within the industry, creating hundreds of jobs for engineers across the sector. Its never been a more exciting time to be an automotive engineer! Find out who the key players are below;

Jaguar Land Rover

jaguar, land, rover, new, jobs, edison, technical, recruitment, automotive, industry, jobs, uk, midlands, manufacturing, car, vehicle, engineeringJaguar Land Rover has made the biggest investment in the UK’s automotive sector by recently announcing a huge investment totalling £600m. The investment will be used to expand both their existing sites in Castle Bromwich & Whitley to support new R&D and manufacturing operations. The need for more innovative vehicle technology has become ever more apparent in the industry with infotainment systems becoming more intelligent than ever. To keep up with this need JLR plan to double the size of its Whitley site and expand the existing Advanced Design and Development Centre, where engineers will create the firm’s next generation of high technology & ultra-low emission vehicles. As for the Castle Bromwich site, £450m will be invested to produce the highly anticipated XE, which has just recently gone into production. All this has resulted in a huge surge of job opportunities and has further secured JLR’s position as a market-leading automotive firm in the UK.

 

The London Taxi Company

london, taxi, company, creates, jobs, coventry, automotive, newsLast month the firm behind the next generation electric green-cab announced plans to invest £250m in a new research, development and assembly plant in Coventry, creating 1,000 jobs.

The new London Taxi will require engineers to design and manufacture a ultra-low emission, electric taxi to meet the new regulations being introduced by the Mayor of London from 2018. The new plant will have the capacity to assemble up to 36,000 vehicles a year and is expected to create over 1,000 jobs, significantly increasing the employment / manufacturing sectors, as well as secure long-term economic benefits for the Midlands.

 

Ford

Ford, Focus, RS, Automotive, News, Vehicle, Technology, Motor, Company, IndustryLast year Ford revealed it would pump £190m into its engine production to fund the production of a new range of low carbon 2.0 litre diesel engine, producing far less pollution than previous models. This expansion has created more jobs within Ford’s UK engineering team based within the Dagenham Engine Plant

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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Infotainment Systems Growing Fast

Connected vehicle market predicted to grow to €110 billion by 2020

The connected vehicle market could be worth €110 billion by 2020, according to Volkswagen, forcing OEMs to redesign infotainment systems and the human-machine interface.

As the demand for improved in-vehicle systems continues to grow, driven by the consumer electronics industry, many OEMs are investing in research centres to increase development of infotainment systems. Among these OEMs, Jaguar Land Rover has recently opened a research facility in North America, as well as Ford who have opened a research centre in Palo Alto, California.

OEMs are also developing more intuitive human-machine interface systems that minimise driver distraction – moving away from traditional ‘one click for one function’ systems.  They are putting more focus on software development, working closely with third parties such as Google & Apple, to develop additional functions and tap into the app ecosystems.

In recent news, both Google & Apple have gone head-to-head to fight for their place within future connected vehicles. Google are developing their Android Auto system, whilst Apple are developing their rival system, CarPlay. Both infotainment systems are designed to minimise driver distraction, by implementing tasks such as navigation, communication and music apps, creating fully automated systems.

In the coming weeks and months, OEMs around the world will begin selling vehicles capable of running Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, or both.  The systems go far beyond the current Bluetooth functionality and allow for Google’s or Apple’s operating system to essentially take over the centre screen and certain buttons within the car.

While the idea of constantly connected drivers using the roads through apps and voice tasks raises concerns about distracted driving, both Google and Apple say their systems are designed with the opposite goal: to make mobile-phone drivers safer.

Dr Volkmar Tanneberger, VW’s head of electrical/electronics development, said: “Smartphones are part of everyday life. Our systems allow you to display and control all functions via the infotainment system. This year we will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use almost any phone in your vehicle.


Edison Technical Recruitment have job opportunities within automotive infotainment systems for automotive OEMs across the UK.  To search our latest jobs, click here.