Car maker establishes independent travel and transport solutions firm; will create apps and on-demand services

Jaguar Land Rover has launched a new technology start-up company called InMotion that will focus on the development of app-based travel and transport solutions.

The new brand will employ up to 30 people in London and run as a completely independent entity from JLR. It will begin testing services such as car sharing and alternative car ownership solutions in North America, Europe, and Asia in the coming months.

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JLR has so far remained tight-lipped as to exactly what direction the company will take but has confirmed that it will focus its efforts on the automotive industry for the foreseeable future.

Things such as the Internet of Things – which can connect cars to car sharing systems and road infrastructure – are key areas of focus. InMotion will look to develop systems that can streamline anything from a daily commute route to the reservation of a vehicle via a smartphone app.

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JLR says that the technology developed by InMotion won’t be directly connected to its products - so don’t expect the next-generation Discovery to feature a special car-sharing button – but it has suggested that the services will be offered to the automotive industry as a whole.

It’s for this reason that InMotion’s main rivals come from the world of technology as opposed to the automotive industry, although the car maker does admit other manufacturers are already invested in this technology.

Adrian Hallmark, JLR’s Group Strategy Director, said of the announcement: “With the development of new apps and on-demand services, InMotion provides us with an opportunity to provide engaging and invaluable experiences to both new and existing customers globally.

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“As a start-up business, InMotion combines the flexibility and pace needed to compete in the ever-changing mobility sector. It allows us to react quickly to new tech and ever-changing customer demands.”

JLR hasn’t offered any timescale for when the first service or app will be revealed, although insiders have suggested we’ll see something in a matter of months, rather than years.

Last week Autocar reported that JLR was also closing in on securing a deal to purchase the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

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12 April 2016
Well, based on JLR ideas of in car tech, you can expect InMotion to launch services to allow users of MySpace and Friends Reunited to connect and share cars.

 

 

 

12 April 2016
I wonder if I am the only reader who gets really p****ed off at the w*****ers who slate JLR every time something is reported about the company.

12 April 2016
In the same way people use to make cheap Skoda jokes. JLR use to be an easy target for derogatory comments. That is when their products were deserving of such criticism. However, the strength of their current products means this is no longer justified and the writers of the such ill- informed comments are fools of their own making. The fact that JLR are investing enormous amounts of money in to the UK economy, creating thousands of new jobs also means the perpetrators of such dribble is indefensible. Unless they have a vested interest in supporting the sale of imported products to the UK, or consider that the productivity of UK industry is somehow irrelevant to their own job security or income?

13 April 2016
I recently helped a friend decide between a new XC90 and a new Range Rover Sport. The tech in the XC90 made the Rangie feel like it was a Nokia 6210 in a world of smartphones (I appreciate the Rangie is an older platform, so I truly hope the new Discovery on the way proves me wrong about JLR tech)

 

 

 

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