Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to open three new tech hubs in Europe, creating nearly 100 new engineering jobs.

The hubs are set up to develop autonomous driving systems for JLR’s next generation of vehicles, and come in addition to the six existing global tech hubs JLR has invested in. 

The new hubs are situated in Munich, Germany, Bologna, Italy, and Madrid, Spain, with the locations chosen because of the availability of digital engineering skills in the area.

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

 The new hubs’ inception comes in addition to existing JLR tech hubs in Portland USA, Budapest Hungary, Shannon Ireland, Shanghai China, Bengaluru India and Manchester in the UK. Collectively these hubs employ over 1,100 engineers, forming part of JLR’s nearly 9,000 strong global engineering force.

Jaguar Land Rover’s nine global engineering hubs will provide services and feed data into the ‘Advanced Product Creation Centre’ in Gaydon, UK, to create Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation vehicles that it says will ‘epitomise modern luxury and deliver a fully connected experience for customer’.

Thomas Müller, Product Engineering Director at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “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.

“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 creation of the three new tech hubs marks the progression of Jaguar Land Rover’s multi-year partnership with NVIDIA, a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and computing. Under the partnership, JLR engineers are working to develop and deliver next-generation automated driving systems, digital services, and experiences for clients.

Teams based at the new tech hubs have expertise spanning areas of autonomous technology including systems & features, software, verification & validation and hardware.

JLR also said that all new roles will offer hybrid working patterns.