Tata’s JLR opens EMC laboratory at Gaydon

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 carmaker’s Gaydon R&D campus in England’s West Midlands will ensure future vehicles comply with current and future legislation and quality standards for connectivity and electronics.

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

The new vehicle lab has two anechoic chambers: an electrically ‘quiet’ rolling road that allows engineers to test vehicles for 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, electromagnetism and compliance, said: “The importance of testing our vehicles for electromagnetic compatibility cannot be underestimated. The opening of this new testing facility is an important step forward for the company and will play a critical role in delivering quality, legal matters and customer satisfaction.”

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

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