*Photograph: Arthur Ellis

A 13km private road testing facility for driverless vehicles is to be constructed in the Shannon Free Zone.

An allocation of €4,723,197 from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund is to finance the Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) project. The ‘state of the art’ facility is to provide technology companies and researchers with the ability to assess and enhance their innovations.

Interconnected sensing and telecommunication technologies will be retrofitted along the private road network which will be operated by a dedicated control centre.

Deputy Joe Carey (FG) in a statement to The Clare Echo believed the funding would enable the Shannon Free Zone become one of the leading research centres for Autonomous Connected Electric Shared Vehicles (ACES) “not just in Ireland but also in the European Union”.

Leading international companies in the ACES sector such as Jaguar Land Rover, Cisco, AMAX Engineering, Taoglas, Mergon International, General Motors, Analog Devices, Valeo, SGS, PiPiper, Transpoco, Arralis and Arup will have the facility made available to them for rental purposes.

Deputy Joe Carey (FG) standing outside the Jaguar Land Rover offices at the Shannon Free Zone. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Carey explained, “The target users of the Shannon test centre include national and international automotive and technology providers that are interested in testing their innovations in real-world settings before the product release phase.

“This investment underlines the Government’s commitment to enhancing the Shannon Free Zone as the region’s prime asset for future job creation. Apart from the ongoing investment in buildings and infrastructure, there is a welcome revival of Shannon’s reputation as a centre for enterprise and innovation. Technologies such as those that will avail of the FMCI facility will provide employment for the next generation of technicians, researchers and engineers,” he added.

Related News

clare colleran molloy
Save Ennis Town supporters 'are bananas' claims sitting Cllr Colleran Molloy
tuam 1
Multi-million euro Athenry and Tuam projects to proceed to detailed design stage
killaloe md election debate 2
The Electoral Chair: Killaloe Municipal District election debate
lahinch beach 1
'Someone will drown in Lahinch unless more lifeguards are hired' warn Greens
Latest News
golf ball green 1
Cusack & McEvoy win Paddy Conn trophy
clare v cork 09-04-23 rory maguire emmet mcmahon 1
Clare welcome Cork to Ennis as they enter All-Ireland series
Draiocht healing May 16th Finding Your Tribe Image
Finding your Tribe
clare colleran molloy
Save Ennis Town supporters 'are bananas' claims sitting Cllr Colleran Molloy
tuam 1
Multi-million euro Athenry and Tuam projects to proceed to detailed design stage
Premium
clare v limerick minor 18-04-24 4
Minors inspired by Munster & All-Ireland success of 2023 - Corbett
pam o'loughlin 1
Pam O'Loughlin is back in election race but goes Independent
TMP_8741 paul murphy
Clarecastle rep Cllr Murphy apologises to those offended by remarks on elderly drivers
carmel kirby kevin corrigan pat dowling 1
Councillors claim cancelling of Ennis 2040 briefing was illegal & accuse Chief Exec of 'chasing Ministers'
rowan tree ennis
Abbey Hostel getting rid of Ukrainian residents & apply to house international protection applicants

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top