US automotive group selects Midlands for new European base

A US-based automotive technology company has expanded into the Midlands, setting up a new operation at MIRA Technology Park.

ClearMotion is a leader in predictive road-sensing technology. It will utilise the facilities’ skills, test, and development infrastructure at MIRA to better access and expand its European customer base.

The Boston-based company said the technology park was an integral part of its research and development process and the centre would be its main European test centre.

Using a combination of actuators and software, ClearMotion’s proactive ride technology responds to road conditions instantaneously to make the ride quality better for the driver and passengers.

The technology is expected to play a significant role in the development of autonomous vehicles, enabling a vehicle’s passengers to successfully multitask while travelling.

The expansion to MIRA follows an exceptional year for ClearMotion. In 2017, the company closed a $130m investment led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, forged partnerships with Bridgestone and Qualcom, and later announced the acquisition of Bose Corporation’s active motive control business to strengthen its overall product offering.

Shakeel Avadhany, CEO and co-founder of ClearMotion, said: “It’s an incredible time to be in automotive tech as we see game-changing innovations coming to market faster than ever.

“As a lead innovator, we constantly look for ways to challenge ourselves and push the boundaries of what our technology can do. MIRA Technology Park gives us a world class place to do just that. Its extensive test facilities will be an important piece of the puzzle to building an unrivalled product for automakers.”

Terry Spall, Commercial Director at MIRA Technology Park, said: “ClearMotion has an exciting future in the European and international markets and we look forward to seeing them bring their technology to the UK.

“Choosing to move to the Midlands, and to MIRA Technology Park, demonstrates how strong the region is performing in autonomous vehicle software and technology. This will only continue to grow as more businesses like ClearMotion utilise the skills and expertise the region has to offer.”