Car in EMC test lab

Jaguar Land Rover opens test centre for electromagnetic compatibility

Image credit: Jaguar Land Rover

Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has created a specialist facility to test the next generation of vehicles for electrical and radio interference.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has created the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory at Gaydon in Warwickshire to help ensure future vehicles satisfy legislation and meet quality standards for connectivity and electronics.

A critical aspect of vehicle performance, EMC is the ability of electrical equipment and systems to function correctly in their electromagnetic environment. It works by limiting the unintentional generation, propagation and reception of electromagnetic energy to reduce the risk of unwanted effects such as electromagnetic interference.

JLR’s new vehicle laboratory features two anechoic chambers: an electrically ‘quiet’ rolling road that enables engineers to test vehicles at speed, as well as equipment to assess the performance of individual components, such as batteries or electric motors.

Examples of vehicle services and features that the facility will test for EMC include Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, 4G, 5G, adaptive cruise control, wireless charging and blind-spot monitoring.

JLR has two major design and engineering sites; three vehicle manufacturing facilities; an engine manufacturing centre, and a battery assembly centre in the UK. It also has vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia.

The company has a declared strategy to electrify both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands “with two clear, distinct personalities”. It says all Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates will be available in pure electric form by the end of the decade.

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