LONDON, Sept 24 British carmaker Jaguar Land
Rover on Tuesday said it plans to open a 100 million pounds
($160 million) research and development centre in the UK in 2016
to create the next generation of vehicle technologies.
Based at Warwick University in central England the National
Automotive Innovation Campus (NAIC) will be used to develop new
technologies for electric cars and vehicle connectivity among
other things, JLR said.
The carmaker, owned by India's Tata Motors, said
around 1,000 academics and engineers would work at the centre.
Some 200 JLR researchers and engineers are already based at
JLR is the lead partner in the project and will invest 50
million pounds in the project with the remainder coming from the
Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Warwick Manufacturing
Group and the government's Higher Education Funding Council.
"These collaborative research programmes will harness the
best of UK engineering innovation, and with the extra capability
the NAIC gives us, you can expect the number and range of new,
fresh innovative ideas that we patent, and then take to
production in the future, to increase significantly," said JLR's
head of research Antony Harper.
Construction of the new centre is due to start in September