Jaguar Land Rover has opened a new facility to test its next generation of vehicles for electrical and radio interference. The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory at Gaydon in the UK will ensure the company’s future vehicles meet current and future legislation and quality standards for connectivity and electronics. The latest Range Rover Sport, which launched in May, was the first vehicle to undergo a bespoke testing program at the in-house facility.
The 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, wi-fi, 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.
Peter Phillips, senior manager, electromagnetics and compliance at JLR, 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.”