Tata Motors‘ Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new facility to test development vehicles for electrical and radio interference.

The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory at the automaker’s Gaydon R&D campus in England’s West Midlands, will ensure future vehicles meet current and future legislation and quality standards for connectivity and electronics.

The redesigned Range Rover Sport, launched last May, was the first vehicle to undergo a bespoke testing programme at the new facility.

The new vehicle laboratory has two anechoic chambers: an electrically ‘quiet’ rolling road which enables engineers to test vehicles at speed, as well as equipment to assess the performance of individual components, such as batteries or electric motors. Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, 4G, 5G, adaptive cruise control, wireless charging and blind spot monitoring can all be tested for EMC.

Peter Phillips, JLR senior manager, electromagnetics and compliance, said: “The importance of testing our vehicles for electromagnetic compatibility cannot be underestimated. Opening this new testing facility is an important step forward for the business and it will play a crucial role in helping us deliver quality, legal, and customer satisfaction.”

With industry advances set to increase the number of electric powertrains and the range of digital and cloud-based services on vehicles, from software over the air updates to autonomous technology, testing for EMC is crucial to delivering quality, legal, and customer satisfaction, JLR said in a statement.