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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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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.