Foundation stone for National Automotive Innovation Centre, funded by Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors, has been unveiled by Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry (Chairman of Tata Sons).
NAIC will be spread over an area of 33,000 square meters and will offer employment to 1,000 engineers, designers and academics along with apprentices. Providing one of its kind exposure to budding talent, it will bring in job opportunities many times over in the future. NAIC will also focus on inspiring next generation of engineers right from school children to undergraduates so as to hone their skills need to retain UKs global competitiveness.
To be built at an investment of £150 million (Rs 1387 crores or $221.3 million ) NAIC will be first of its kind research facility in all of Europe. It is here that the next generation vehicles for Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover will be created. NAIC is funded by both Tata Motors and Jaguar Land Rover, besides University of Warwick and UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Tata Motors reveals that facilities at NAIC will include design space for creation of new automotive solutions besides the development of advanced fully immersive drive-in car simulation. Both Tata Motors and JLR will use NAIC to steer ahead autonomous driverless vehicle research through a £19 million Autodrive project. NAIC facility will also complement JLRs R&D Centers at Gaydon and Whitley, serving as advanced research teams. Gaydon and Whitley will remain JLRs centers for engineering and product development.