Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is collaborating with chip maker Intel to develop new infotainment technologies at a new research and development center in Portland, Oregon. Chosen for its proximity to Silicon Valley and Seattle, the Open Software Technology Center also will be responsible for collaborative work with a number of JLR’s technology partners. It opens in 2014 and will employ a team of about 30 infotainment specialists. This includes 16 software engineers.
Already multiple projects are underway between JLR and Intel to develop next-generation vehicle prototypes that connect the car, device and cloud. According to Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director, “Our aim is to innovate and develop the ultimate user experience for our customers… and help us ensure our new products remain innovative and globally competitive.”
The Portland facility is JLR’s first dedicated software R&D operation, and will complement the current infotainment development team in Gaydon, U.K. It will include a multimedia creative suite, innovation spaces, development lab and a six-bay vehicle workshop. It also expects the Portland site to complement the JLR R&D team that will be locate at the National Automotive Innovation Campus at the University of Warwick. Scheduled to open in 2016, its research projects will include vehicle electrification, smart and connected cars, and coming development in the human machine interface. — CAS