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Chevrolet reveals terrifyingly cool self-driving car of the future

The Shanghai Motor Show this year promised to provide an insight into the motoring world of 2030 and thus reveal the ‘cars of the future’. The new concept car revealed by Chevrolet has provided just that. Unlike any self-driving car or concept seen before, the FNR has been put together using futuristic technology, advanced car networking systems and a body which looks like it belongs in a futuristic Sci Fi film.

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This self-driving car is effectively a self-contained ‘capsule’ with an impressive ability to charge using a wireless system. The car will run off electricity and the wheels will have magnetic electric motors embedded inside and all this will power an impressive interior plastered with touch and gesture controlled screens and an ‘iris recognition’ start system – basic requirements of any futuristic concept car don’t you think?

There are many benefits the self-driving car can promise – a drop in deadly accidents high among them – but the motorised webbed seats will definitely fill a big desire for fully-autonomous car amongst consumers. The ability to swivel your seat to face the rear of the car and face passengers whilst in self-driving mode, is a concept that many argue should get consumers interested. Who wouldn’t want the possibility to swivel your chair around when taking on a long car journey?

Another benefit of the motorised webbed seats is that they will have the ability to read passenger’s heartChevrelot, FNR, Concept, Car, Swivel, Autonomous, Shanghai, Motor, Show, 2015 rate and bloody pressure. Vehicles today are already being developed with this concept with the hope that if your car detects you are falling asleep or you are experiencing a heart attack, the car will become autonomous and take you to safety. Sounds good doesn’t it? But what will it mean for the fun that most of us experience when driving? Will self-driving cars take this away? Chevrolet think not with the promise that passengers can still drive if they want to. They have also promised that drivers who prefer an edgier performance experience when driving will get this from the FNR, with the ability to tighten suspension and execute tight turns whilst hitting high legal speed.

All this sounds fantastically exciting but this is what concept cars are all about. They aren’t necessarily vehicles you expect to see, but a canvas for things you’d like to see. It certainly does keep things interesting though.

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Jaguar begins production of new XE

The much-anticipated production of the new Jaguar XE has officially began at the Wolverhampton & Solihull plants, creating £4 billion of work for companies across the UK.

The full scale operation will include the production of Jaguar’s Ingenium four cylinder engine which will power the first of the new Jaguar XEs as they roll of the production line. Later in the year the new Land Rover Discovery Sport will also go into production at the Wolverhampton plant, also powered by the Ingenium engine. JLR announced last year that it was taking on around 200 more people as it geared up for this engine production and the need for further staff will continue to grow for many years. It is anticipated that 1,500 will work at the Wolverhampton factory.

Across the other side of the Midlands, production of the new Jaguar XE’s aluminium body will take place at JLR’s Solihull plant where another 1,300 automotive engineers are being recruited. The Solihull site normally produces Land Rovers and Range Rovers, but will this year make way for the highly anticipated XE. As well as the investment in the Wolverhampton & Solihull plant, JLR has also recently announced further investment by doubling the size of it’s plant in Whitley and pumping £450 million into it’s Castle Bromwich’s site. All this further strengthens JLR position in the West Midlands and the rest of the UK.

JLR purchasing director Ian Harnett said “Jaguar Land Rover is one of the UK’s success stories, not simply because it has seen an upsurge in demand thanks to sustained investment, but because it has been able to support a burgeoning, high-tech highly skilled supply base here in the UK.

“With each successive new or upgraded model, we are seeing the positive impact felt amongst the entire automotive sector which is great news for everyone committed to ensuring the UK remains truly competitive on a global stage.”

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@www.edisontechnical.co.uk/.

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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@www.edisontechnical.co.uk/.

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