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Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover plans new software hub in Ireland

The Irish town of Shannon is seen as a hi-tech hotbed

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover

The Tata Motors-owned Jaguar (JLR) is mulling a new at in as part of its wider plans to invest in

According to 'The Sunday Times', the UK-based to create 150 jobs at the site, where it will research new technologies related to battery-powered cars and automated driving.

"The new facility provides an exciting opportunity for us to pioneer future autonomous and electrification technologies," said Nick Rogers, JLR's

The Irish town of is seen as a hi-tech hotbed, with including American setting up base there. said its new site would "complement" more than 10,000 engineers in the UK, in a move backed by Ireland's (IDA).

"Having a globally recognised company of such international standing will greatly enhance Shannon's reputation as a centre of excellence for such business. The 150 jobs will be of significant benefit to Clare and the midwest region," said of

The latest expansion plans come after another record year for the Tata Motors' owned company, which sold 621,109 cars in 2017, up 1 per cent on 2016.

Last year, the company had announced that from 2020, all new models under the Jaguar and brands will be offered with electric versions and the firm has committed to a range of hybrid, plug-in and full electric power options in the coming years.

The firm's first fully electric SUV, the Jaguar I-Pace, goes on sale later this year.

For its new research and development (R&D) hub in Ireland, it will look for with experience in a range of disciplines such as artificial intelligence, and vehicle architecture.

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 16:18 IST