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Jaguar Land Rover announces Manchester smart car hub

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to open a new software, IT and engineering centre at Bruntwood’s Neo in Manchester to support its strategy to introduce connected technologies in future vehicles.

The new Manchester centre will work alongside the company’s engineering teams at the Gaydon Pioneering Hub, Warwickshire, the global design and engineering HQ, along with teams in Ireland, China, and North America.

Jaguar Land Rover has taken the last two remaining floors at the 12-storey Neo building, which offers a vibrant and distinctive collaborative environment for forward-thinking businesses. The office will span 9,464 sq ft occupying the whole tenth and eleventh floors of the building on the corner of Portland Street and Charlotte Street. The tenth floor will house Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering team, while its IT department will take up the eleventh floor.

The small team will pioneer new software technology to help create the next generation of connected car technologies. In addition, it will work on a range of mobility services and developing new technology features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

One of the technologies Jaguar Land Rover is keen to develop is the ability for its vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other and notify drivers of potential hazards ahead.

Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “As the automotive industry continues to embrace autonomous, connected and electrified technologies, Jaguar Land Rover remains committed to engineering innovative software that will make our customers’ lives better, by creating premium in-car experiences that they love.

With the Manchester team supporting the creation of connected car technology, the new centre is a fantastic opportunity for us to keep pushing the boundaries towards seamless connectivity, with disruptive technical solutions.”

Neo is already occupied by a number of tech firms including Microsoft, Peak, a data analytics company which uses AI, Hilson Moran and Godel Technologies. The 52,000 sq ft building launched in March 2017 after an £8m refurbishment of the former Bank House.

Jaguar Land Rover is currently looking for IT specialists, software engineers and developers with experience in a range of disciplines such as cloud based features, vehicle software and vehicle architecture. Job vacancies at the new tech hub can be viewed here.

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