Nissan India will soon have a digital hub at Technocity in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela. According to company officials, the digital hub will be a research and development facility that will be open for use by Nissan’s French and Japanese partners, Renault and Mitsubishi respectively. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between Nissan and the government of Kerela on June 29, 2018.
The digital hub will play a pivotal role in research and development of electric and autonomous vehicles. Media reports suggest the government of Kerala will allot 30 acres of land to the Japanese car giant, Nissan for setting up the digital hub during the first phase. Another chunk of land measuring 40 acres will be allotted at a later stage. The digital and innovation hub by Nissan will be called Nissan Knowledge city which will act as a talent pool for the employees who will be working on artificial intelligence, cognitive analytics and machine learning, etc.
This will also create job opportunities in Technocity. That said, around 3,000 direct and a few thousand indirect jobs will be created once the digital hub is set-up. Nissan has been operating in India for a while now and there is no dearth of IT and engineering professionals in the state. Other attributes such as cost effectiveness, airport connectivity and less traffic were some of the reasons for choosing Kerela for setting up the digital hub.
With the new digital hub in Kerela, Nissan will have five such facilities across the globe. The company currently has digital hubs in home turf Japan, China, France and USA. To begin with, the company will occupy the Technopark Phase III campus. Nissan is planning to launch as many as 17 new electric vehicles in the country by 2022 under its Nissan Renault Mitsubishi alliance. Besides, it plans to scale up annual electric vehicle sales to 14 million units.