Jaguar Land Rover today announced that it has opened its Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory in Gaydon, U.K. The lab will ensure that its vehicles meet current and future quality standards and legislation for connectivity features and electronics.
“The importance of testing our vehicles for electromagnetic compatibility cannot be underestimated,” said Peter Philips, the senior manager of electromagnetics and compliance at JLR. “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.”
The company says that the lab has allowed it to take another step towards the coming era of electrification and technology by allowing it to test for electrical and radio interference. The facility will allow its engineers to ensure that electrical equipment and systems function correctly in their electromagnetic environment.
The goal of electromagnetic compatibility is to limit the unintentional generation, propagation, and reception of electromagnetic energy within a system. That allows engineers to reduce the risk of unwanted effects, such as electromagnetic interference.
The new lab features two anachoic chambers, an electrically “quiet” rolling road, as well as equipment to assess the performance of individual components, such as batteries and electric motors. The lab will seek to ensure electromagnetic compatibility between Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, 4G, 5G, adaptive cruise control, wireless charging, and blindspot monitoring, among other systems.
Jaguar Land Rover says that as cloud-based services, over-the-air updates, autonomous technology, and others become more common, testing for EMC will only become more important, making this lab important for the future of the company. The automaker says that the first vehicle it is testing there is the 2023 Range Rover Sport.