Autonomous car engineer Amy Rimmer has been named as the overall winner of the Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry - Rising Stars accolade.
Rimmer, who works for Jaguar Land Rover, stood out from hundreds of nominations because of her focused ambition to become a leading expert on autonomous vehicles. To date, she has played an instrumental role in developing Jaguar Land Rover’s autonomous vehicle technology, and taken the lead in demonstrating autonomous cars to the UK Government for the firm.
Drawing on a strong academic background, Rimmer studied at Cambridge, gaining a master’s degree in mechanical engineering before going on to complete a PhD in vehicle dynamics.
Rimmer’s automotive career began with internships with the McLaren F1 team and Volvo trucks, before she eventually headed to Jaguar Land Rover in 2015. Today her job title is Research Engineer – Autonomous Vehicle Control.
Commenting on her achievement, Rimmer said: “Working on autonomous vehicles has been a hugely rewarding dimension to my career as an engineer, so to be formally recognised by the Great British Women initiative is a great honour.
“I hope that my story will motivate young women to pursue a career in automotive, and to reap the rewards that the industry can offer. It’s slightly surreal watching the car of the future unfold today, and being part of the team behind it never fails to inspire on a daily basis.”
Mark Tisshaw, Autocar editor, commented: “Amy stood out to us as being a driving force behind one of the most significant automotive developments in a generation.