To ensure future vehicles meet future connectivity and electronics standards, Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new laboratory in Gaydon, UK to test for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). EMC is simply the ability of electrical equipment and systems to function correctly in their electromagnetic environment.
EMC works by limiting the unintentional generation, propagation, and reception of electromagnetic energy to reduce the risk of unwanted effects such as electromagnetic interference.
Electrical and radio interferences may have not been an issue in the past (e.g. speakers buzzing when you’re getting an SMS). However, with industry advances set to increase the number of electric powertrains and the range of digital and cloud-based services on vehicles (from Software-Over-The-Air updates to autonomous technology), testing for EMC is crucial to delivering quality, legal, and customer satisfaction.
Jaguar Land Rover’s new vehicle laboratory features two anechoic chambers: an electrically ‘quiet’ rolling road that enables engineers to test vehicles at 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 are all examples of vehicle services and features that the facility will test for EMC. The new Range Rover Sport, which launched in May, was the first vehicle to undergo a bespoke testing program at the in-house facility.
Jaguar Land Rover Electromagnetics and Compliance Senior Manager Peter Phillips said, “The importance of testing our vehicles for electromagnetic compatibility cannot be underestimated. Opening this new testing facility is an important step forward for the business and it will play a crucial role in helping us deliver quality, legal, and customer satisfaction.”
This new facility demonstrates Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to giving customers the most advanced in-vehicle connectivity as the business accelerates electrification through its Reimagine strategy.