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ON THE MONEY: EARN AS YOU DRIVE WITH JAGUAR LAND ROVER

Using ‘Smart Wallet’ technology, owners earn credits by enabling their cars to automatically report useful road condition data such as traffic congestion or potholes to navigation providers or local authorities. Drivers could then redeem these for rewards such as coffee, or conveniently use them to automatically pay tolls, parking fees and for smart charging electric vehicles. ‘Smart Wallet’ removes the need for drivers to hunt for loose change or sign up to multiple accounts to pay for a variety of everyday services.

‘Smart Wallet’ uses the latest cryptocurrency technology and Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with the IOTA Foundation to harness ‘distributed ledger’ technologies to make and receive these payments.

The advanced connected technology is being trialled at the new Jaguar Land Rover software engineering base in Shannon, Republic of Ireland, where engineers have already equipped several vehicles, including the Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velar, with ‘Smart Wallet’ functionality.

“The connected car technologies we are developing will be transformative and truly turn your Jaguar or Land Rover into a third space, in addition to your home or office. In the future an autonomous car could drive itself to a charging station, recharge and pay, while its owner could choose to participate in the sharing economy – earning rewards from sharing useful data such as warning other cars of traffic jams.” Russell Vickers, Jaguar Land Rover Software Architect

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Meet Our Pioneering Apprentices – Day 4 of 5

Mihaela Botnariuc successfully completed her Degree Apprenticeship in August 2018 and is now a Digital Optimisation Engineer in our Body Engineering team. As part of her technical training Mihaela gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Engineering from the University of Warwick, and is currently working towards a Master’s level qualification through our Technical Accreditation Scheme.

“In Body Engineering we are responsible for delivering almost everything the customer can see and touch on a vehicle. I work with the seating team to create digital models and tools that make our processes more efficient and enhance the overall quality of our products”.

“Our cars are beautiful, but to complete the package they require brilliant engineering. Even something as simple as choosing a material can be incredibly complex; we look at things like safety and crash performance, as well how the material looks, feels, and responds to customer usage over the lifetime of the vehicle”.

“At school I enjoyed the sciences, Maths, Art and Textiles, and saw myself going to university to study Mathematics. I didn’t know what I wanted to do afterwards and where I would apply my Maths degree once I obtained it. This was partly due to a lack of knowledge and experience of the wide applications of skills in the workplace.”

“I chose the Apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover because of my interest in STEM subjects and design. During the apprenticeship I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and experience the vast number of areas that are involved in developing our cars. This allowed me to grow my understanding and make a more informed decision about which areas were most suited to my interests and strengths.”

“My role involves both working alone, investigating and delivering solutions for the teams I work with, and being part of a team trying to understand our internal customer requirements and how those can be met. Therefore being a good communicator is important when interacting in teams and with colleagues whose requirements I am trying to meet. Independent thinking is also crucial when delivering solutions to customers.”

“I enjoy taking on new challenges and problem solving, which is essential for my role. In a typical week I work on a variety of projects including user trials, research projects, and projects that have Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) or Computer Aided Design (CAD) requirements. All this helps to meet design and aesthetic requirements for the components, while also balancing that with internal engineering standards for quality and safety.”

Mihaela is on the Degree Apprentice programme. To find out more about the Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprentice programmes we currently offer at Jaguar Land Rover, check out our careers website.

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Meet Our Pioneering Apprentices – Day 3 of 5

Simon FitzGerald is a Fifth Year Degree Apprentice in Electrical Engineering. Originally from an IT background, Simon is now an experienced member of our electrical team, and is working towards a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Warwick.

“For the past couple of years I have delivered the Interior Sensing Platform (ISP), ensuring high quality software delivery from suppliers, as well as making sure we have a robust plan to resolve technical issues. I planned the scope and delivery of upcoming software releases, analysing changes in requirements, resolving technical issues and tracking actions at a project level.”

“After leaving college I completed an IT apprenticeship and worked as an IT engineer for a few years. This served me well as it offered further learning opportunities and the prospect of real work with earning potential. Upon completing my IT apprenticeship, I soon felt I was lacking a challenge at work and began looking at future prospects including a new job role, university and higher apprenticeships.”

“The Jaguar Land Rover programme was absolutely the best option for me. I was excited to learn new skills that would be relevant to my career in engineering, whilst being challenged and rewarded for my efforts every day. Back then there wasn’t such a wide range of apprenticeships to choose from, so it’s been great to see the growth in popularity over the last five years.”

“What advice would I give to my younger self? ‘Go for it!’ In my experience, you will be rewarded for being pro-active in seeking out new opportunities and asking challenging questions both inside and outside the organisation. Initially I was more reluctant to speak up, particularly when dealing with suppliers. It was a daunting prospect to challenge engineers far more experienced than myself on what they were delivering. I was cautious about being seen as inexperienced, but the culture here really rewards that technical curiosity and drive. My professionalism and determination to improve our products has been met with incredible support and as a result I have achieved more than I ever thought possible.”

“What I love most about Jaguar Land Rover is the challenges that I face daily in this organisation. Every day is different, enabling me to develop and hone new skills in constructive and valuable ways.” 

Simon is on the Degree Apprentice programme. To find out more about the Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprentice programmes we currently offer at Jaguar Land Rover, check out our careers website.

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Software in the West of Ireland

Why do you like it here at the Ireland software hub?

I like it here because it’s new, there is a sense of excitement. Every month we have new people starting and they’re all bringing different experiences. Everyone is excited to get projects off the ground and start something from scratch. It’s not something that many software engineers get to do in their careers. Here, everyone has the freedom to figure out where they fit into the software stack, or even software at Jaguar Land Rover which is unusual to have.

The ethos and attitude here is one of friendship, everyone is welcoming. There is a sense that if you have any questions you could ask anyone and if they can they will, if they can’t they’ll point you in the direction of someone who can.

Working in a cutting edge area like autonomous driving, things that I would never have thought of before don’t seem impossible, a world where cars are shared or self-driving is perfectly feasible and will definitely happen. Things like your accounts, logins or payments being enabled in car doesn’t seem outrageous.

What advice would you give to someone looking to join Jaguar Land Rover in the West of Ireland?

I would say be yourself, if you’re natural and genuine you’ll leave a better impression than someone who’s trying to be smarter or more experienced than they are.

Rehearse your CV, make sure you can talk about what you’ve written down.

What advice would you give to someone starting a career in software engineering?

Keep your GitHub up to date, if you can show that you’ve thought about code that’ll be relevant.

Also, because technology and the tools we use are changing so quickly keep on top of online courses such as Udacity. Some of them may not give qualifications but they show just how interested you are.


Join the team in our West of Ireland Software Hub.

At Jaguar Land Rover Ireland you will have the opportunity to design, develop and shape the future of autonomous, connected, electrified and electronic systems with two of the world’s most prestigious, premium, and luxury automotive brands.

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THE REAL FACES OF JLR – Michael Starr

Why did you choose to apply for your role at Jaguar Land Rover?

I suppose it’s to move up a level and get the full vehicle infrastructure view. Working for a component supplier it’s interesting but you’re not aware of the wider ecosystem of what happens in the car, moving up into an OEM you see all of that cool stuff that’s happening. We’re doing all sorts of things here like blockchain and cloud computing.

The work that Jaguar Land Rover are doing here is so exciting and cutting edge that across all sorts of software industries news spread quickly.

Do you feel like you’re part of a transformation?

Absolutely! Within JLR there is a move to develop more cutting edge software but also within the industry it’s the move to autonomous driving. It’s on multiple levels.

Describe the culture here in the West of Ireland software hub.

The culture is very supportive of creativity and taking ownership of tasks yourself. Innovation is also a big thing and also process is a big one. With good process that empowers engineers to make their own decisions and steer their own path but also set clear gates maintain quality, safety and reliability

What type of person will succeed here?

If you’re creative and can act and push things forward yourself without waiting to be told you’ll succeed here.

Were you a car person before you came here?

Not a car person at all actually, purely into the image analysis and signal processing analytics side. I get asked that a lot actually.

Have you become one?

Absolutely, it’s hard not to when you see some of the vehicles JLR have.