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Jaguar Land Rover to open three autonomous cars tech hubs in Europe

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The automotive giant has announced it will open three new engineering hubs in Germany, Italy and Spain to develop next-generation autonomous technologies.

Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) new European hubs are expected to create nearly 100 engineer jobs, focused on developing driver assistance systems and artificial intelligence (AI) for the self-driving cars of the future. 

The hubs are part of JLR's “multi-year strategic partnership” with Silicon Valley artificial intelligence company Nvidia, announced last year. The two companies are currently working together to develop the computer brains and nervous systems for Jaguars and Land Rovers.

"We are harnessing talent in autonomous technologies around the world to develop new autonomous technologies for our future products, which will deliver a truly modern luxury experience for our clients," said Thomas Müller, product engineering director at Jaguar Land Rover. 

“Software is essential for us to deliver a fully connected experience for our clients, and creating global engineering hubs will enable seamless hybrid working across several locations and ensure we harness the best talent for our business.”

The hubs in Munich, Bologna and Madrid will develop self-driving systems for JLR's next generation of luxury vehicles. The locations were chosen because they offer access to top talent, JLR said. 

While Munich is one of Europe’s top-ranking technology hubs, the sites in Spain and Italy have also been identified as significant and growing tech hub locations in Europe.  

The company already has six technology hubs in the United States, Hungary, Ireland, UK, China and India. Collectively these hubs employ over 1100 engineers.  

In 2021, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that Jaguar will stop building cars with internal combustion engines by 2025, shaking up its operations in the UK.

Moreover, from 2025, all new JLR vehicles will be built on Nvidia’s Drive automotive software platform, which is able to deliver “a wide spectrum of active safety, automated driving and parking systems as well as driver assistance systems”, a joint statement said at the time the partnership was announced. 

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