Warwickshire welcomes news of Wellesbourne research centre

Warwickshire County Council has welcomed the news that Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), supported by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has chosen the University of Warwick’s site in Wellesbourne for the Research and Development of its Smart City Mobility Centre; an initial step towards driverless capability and a future without congestion, emissions and road accidents.

The centre will prototype vehicle modular architectures, structures that will enable driverless cars, and revolutionise transport in the UK.  The partnership combines the research expertise of WMG with JLR’s engineering ability.

Further jobs will be created at the University of Warwick’s campus where driverless vehicles will be tested.  The announcement was made at the Coventry and Warwickshire Automotive Dinner last night by WMG’s Chairman, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya.

Cllr Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s Deputy Leader, was present at the announcement.  He said:  “Everyone in Warwickshire should delight in this wonderful news.

“It will give a huge boost to the local economy and employment opportunities.  It is further proof that Warwickshire is on the map for major high tech companies looking to develop their businesses.

“The local universities provide a wealth of talent. We are working hard to align business requirement with a workforce that has the skills to match.

“It is also very encouraging for Warwickshire that such high-profile, high-tech enterprises are starting up, or expanding, here.  Everybody at Warwickshire County Council wishes the new centre at Wellesbourne the very best with its work.”