An insight into electrical engineering at Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover is keen to raise the awareness of the breadth of involvement and influence electrical and electronic engineers have in their new products as well as the exciting employment opportunities for Bristol graduates.

Many students and young people are very surprised when Jaguar Land Rover talk about their extensive opportunities for electrical and electronic engineers.

This article is based on material supplied by electrical and electronic engineers at Jaguar Land Rover. Their aim was to share with you some of their exciting work in relation to the new Range Rover Evoque.

Jaguar Land Rover is a company that employs around 1000 electrical and electronic engineers. They design and develop some of the most sophisticated embedded systems on sale today to the general public. Jaguar Land Rover develop systems for premium, luxury vehicles with innovative features. Almost everything you can think of on a high end vehicle will have electronic control. For example, the new Land Rover Evoque has approaching 80 control units, which have around 100 million lines of code embedded within them. These controllers are developed in partnership with the biggest suppliers in the automotive business from around the world – including Bosch, Denso, Alpine, Lear, Continental, Delphi, Visteon, Valeo, ZF, Kostal, Hella and TRW.

 

The areas at JLR that work to develop and deploy these systems are:

  • Engineering solutions for digital radio reception, digital TV reception, antenna solutions, audio (up to 1200W amplifiers), DVD playback (streamed to multiple displays), navigation solutions, consumer electronics connectivity, and telematics (including off board communication with the vehicle).
  • Providing user assistance and information feedback to the user, including camera systems, parking assistance, systems to monitor the vehicle blind spot, instrument clusters (Full TFT solutions), air conditioning (fully controlled by the vehicle), advanced driver assistance systems and switchgear.
  • Control of all the vehicle based functions. This area controls seats (movement, heating, cooling, and massage), security and locking (including keyless entry and start), interior/exterior lighting, airbags (circa 10 airbags/pre-tensioners) and wash wipe.
  • Control of braking systems (including radar based automatic cruise control systems), suspension and damping systems, steering systems and Active Roll control.
  • Engine management and driveline control (including gearbox and differentials).
  • Generation, distribution and management of electrical power across the vehicle, including dual voltage power supplies to support start/stop technology, hybrid technology and plug in technology.
  • Managing the vehicle network bus infrastructure, ensuring EMC (both susceptibility to external electromagnetic interference and generation of electromagnetic interference) of the vehicle is to acceptable levels, and project management of the overall software delivery onto new vehicle lines.
  • Working with the internal vehicle teams to manage the delivery of technology to a programme, this area ensures the work to develop electrical systems is applied in a timely and controlled fashion.
  • This group manages the process and equipment that is used to ensure the software developed and delivered is robust and fit for purpose through the use of software authoring methodologies, and development testing processes (model based testing, software in the loop testing and hardware in the loop testing).
  • Finally, in order to support all these systems, the control units are all connected to each other and numerous vehicle sensors/actuators by over 6km of wiring, including the wiring for 3 Network buses (including an optical infotainment network) which share over 100,000 signals per second.

As you can see, Jaguar Land Rover can offer you an interesting, varied and growing arena in which to develop your skills and career. To find out more about Graduate and Undergraduate Engineering vacancies, including a sponsorship scheme for electrical and electronic engineers, please visit Jaguar Land Rover Ultimate Destination.

Jaguar Land Rover is a company that employs around 1000 electrical and electronic engineers.

The new Land Rover Evoque has approaching 80 control units, which have around 100 million lines of code embedded within them.

Almost everything you can think of on a high end vehicle will have electronic control.

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