Nissan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Kerala to establish “a new global center for digital operations” in India.
The Nissan Digital Hub will be the first of a number of software and information technology development centers in Asia, Europe and North America. According to the company, these hubs will focus not only on product development, but also on developing best-in-class user experiences, security and connectivity as the automotive industry evolves with growing use of autonomous, connected and electric vehicles.
In simple words, these centers might not develop the autonomous and electric vehicles, but rather the security and connectivity software for the aforementioned vehicles.
The first center will initially be in Technopark – a technology park owned by the government of Kerala in Trivandrum – before moving to a permanent location in the city. Once fully operational, it will provide a range of in-house services to strengthen Nissan’s digital capabilities in India and other global markets, the company said.
“The new Digital Hub in Kerala will serve as an important engine to drive Nissan’s global digital transformation,” said Tony Thomas, corporate vice president and chief information officer at Nissan. “This hub will help us develop and maintain a talented workforce in-house, to improve the way we serve our customers around the world.”
Together with its Alliance partner Renault, Nissan already has a large manufacturing plant outside Chennai with a potential annual capacity of 480,000 vehicles for the domestic market and exports. A global Alliance R&D center, also in Chennai, employs 7,000 engineers working on projects including vehicle and technology development. Nissan’s sales company for India is based in Gurgaon.