Nissan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with an Indian regional government (Kerala) to establish a new global centre for digital operations.
The Nissan Digital Hub will be the first of a number of software and information technology development centres in Asia, Europe and North America which Nissan says will 'comprehensively transform Nissan's business by placing digital technology at the heart of key operations and services'.
Nissan says the hubs will allow Nissan to provide 'best-in-class user experiences, product development capabilities, security and connectivity as the automotive industry evolves, with growing use of autonomous, connected and electric vehicle technology'.
The first centre 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 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."
The investment to build the new Digital Hub adds to Nissan's commitment to India. 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 centre, 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.