Jaguar to Develop Driverless Cars in Shannon – The new office is based at Universal House just at the entrance to the Shannon Free Zone and it is expected that the firm will fill 30 positions in their research and development department in the coming weeks and months.
Jaguar to Develop Driverless Cars in Shannon
Motoring powerhouse Jaguar, which is owned by Indian manufacturing giant Tata are set to announce a new design centre in the Shannon region which will be used to develop driverless cars.
Executives from Jaguar have been viewing and scouting locations throughout the city and have settled on a new 50,000 square feet office space in the Shannon Area.
The new office is based at Universal House just at the entrance to the Shannon Free Zone and it is expected that the firm will fill 30 positions in their research and development department in the coming weeks and months.
Jaguar now joins General Motors in Dooradoyle as two leaders of the car industry conducting research and development into self-driving cars in the Mid-West region.
Tata Motors, Jaguar and Land Rover’s Mumbai-based owners, specialise in the manufacture of cars, trucks, vans, coaches, buses, sports cars, construction equipment and military vehicles and are expanding into the luxury brand market.
They have a number of plants in India as well as in Argentina, South Africa, the UK and Thailand and additional research facilities in South Korea, Great Britain and Spain.
The new Shannon office is expected to expand its workforce as they continue their research into self-driving vehicles.
Each driverless car is made with a GPS unit, an internal navigation system and sensors. The sensors allow the car to create a 3D image of its environment which allows it to map out a safe route.
Once the safe route has been determined, the car then dissects the journey into a set of commands which are then fed into devices known as actuators which are used for controlling the throttle, braking and steering in the car.
The car’s internal map will also include the current and predicted static locations of buildings, traffic lights and stop signs. It will also be able to identify moving objects such as other cars and pedestrians.
The firm has stated that they will build and test more than 100 of these vehicles over the next four years with the first ready to hit the road within the next few months.
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