JLR, Tata team for AI manufacturing of electric Range Rover

JLR, Tata team for AI manufacturing of electric Range Rover

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By Nick Flaherty

Jaguar Land Rover is working with sister company Tata Communications to connect 128 JLR global sites with cloud-first, software defined network capability.

This comes as JLR is road testing its electric Range Rover platform that will be manufactured in the UK as part of the Reimagine strategy. The current i-Pace electric vehicles are manufactured under contract by Magna in Graz, Austria.

Tata Communications, which like JLR is owned by Tata Sons of India, will deploy a digital architecture enabling JLR to enhance vehicle build quality through real-time data diagnosis from production lines.

The network capability will power AI adoption for JLR, providing robust and predictive risk management to reduce disruption to manufacturing.

Tata Communications will deploy its cloud-first, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology, connecting all JLR’s 128 sites worldwide. This advanced global connected capability — between JLR’s global HQ and its plants, warehouses, sales centres, data centres and cloud services, will significantly boost supply chain efficiency and security.  

The transformation will enable JLR to bring in AI-powered and real-time data capturing, monitoring and analysis to improve production line performance. Through predictive risk management controls, the carmaker will be able to identify potential anomalies more effectively – driving greater efficiencies while also helping assure vehicle quality build. 

The deal will also significantly shorten the time to upgrade manufacturing processes, strengthen operational resilience and increase agility to meet production demands. JLR estimates significant cost savings along with business benefits through scale and security. Tata Communications has already commenced implementation of the network transformation program and will complete the deployment by 2025. 

“This is an exciting phase in the digital transformation of our business, leveraging the technologies and capabilities of Tata Communications that will leapfrog our networks into the future.

“Moving to SD-WAN means we can use AI powered automation to predict vulnerabilities, proactively intervene, prevent issues and perform more effectively on a global scale across our network. The cutting-edge connectivity platform will help us build the world-class ecosystem we need to deliver modern luxury vehicles and remarkable driving experiences.”

“Tata Communications is deploying a ‘digital fabric’, comprising our agile infrastructure, platforms and managed services, that will help integrate JLR’s systems, workforce, suppliers, stakeholders and customers across the globe, delivering a seamless flow of data to enrich key aspects of the business ecosystem,” said Tony Battle, group chief digital and information officer at JLR.

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