Ireland Revs Up to Make a Bigger Play in the World of Autonomous Vehicles

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The growing interest in autonomous vehicles across the globe has prompted yet another country to enter the fray of rapidly growing leadership initiatives in the space. According to a Traffic Technology Today report, Ireland has launched a national research collaboration focused on self-driving vehicles.

  • The Republic of Ireland launches new collaborative autonomous vehicle research initiative.
  • Republic of Ireland Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, is spearheading the country’s new AV initiative.
  • Jaguar Land Rover is one of the automotive partners in Ireland’s self-driving vehicle research project.

The Republic of Ireland has launched a new research collaboration focused on positioning the country at the forefront of autonomous vehicle technology.

Spearheaded by Ireland’s Minster of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, the AV initiative involves a collaborative effort with Irish researchers, Irish-based businesses and global automotive companies.

Jaguar Land Rover is a major partner in Ireland’s new collaborative autonomous vehicle initiative.  (Photo: Jaguar Land Rover)

The $4.6-million research project will include 11 companies working on various elements of autonomous systems in the automotive, industrial and agricultural sectors. Jaguar Land Rover, which has recently been breaking new ground in the AV space, is also a partner in the Ireland initiative.

Other global companies involved in the project include Kostal, Liebherr and Valeo. The project also includes the leading research companies, Lero, SFI Connect and Insight research.

The end goal of the cross-collaborative initiative is to spur more AV development in Ireland, while highlighting the strides the country is already making in the space, explained Humphrey.

“Future Jobs Ireland is all about embracing innovation and technological change and this type of project is a great example of the capacity we have here in Ireland to be at the forefront of these cutting-edge developments,” said the Ireland Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, as quoted in Traffic Technology Today.


Ireland’s collaborative autonomous vehicle research is indicative of the growing number of countries, regions and local municipalities looking to better position themselves in the evolving world of AVs. It also serves as yet another reminder of how the ecosystem for self-driving-vehicles continue to grow, despite some lingering skepticism about the technology.

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