Well-Travelled Motoring expert celebrates 10 years' service in city he studied

An engineer who studied in Coventry then travelled the world in the automotive industry, is leading the way in low carbon and autonomous technology after a decade of service with TMETC.

David Hudson, Head of Propulsion is pleased his long service record is in the city that launched his career.

TMETC is an automotive design and engineering centre of excellence for Tata Motors and David is now responsible for overseeing some of the emerging technologies in autonomous, connected and electric vehicles. The engineering professional believes the automotive industry is an exciting, innovative and challenging sector to be part of.

He said: "The age of low carbon and autonomous vehicles is becoming a greater reality and it's this continual progression in vehicle research and development that sparked my engineering passion back in the 70s.

"Jaguar sponsored my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Coventry University and provided me with an excellent grounding. I then dedicated the next 14 years with the business implementing my studies and understanding the industry."

Having worked as a chief engineer for Lotus, a consultant and technical director for Ricardo and AVL in North America, David joined Tata Motors in 2008 based in Pune, India.

He continued: "Tata Motors is India's leading automotive manufacturer and I am delighted to be working with such an innovative company. Their focus on developing new technologies is helping to shape the automotive industry of the future.

"I have been fortunate to have led several major projects for the company and am proud to be surrounded by a team of like-minded professionals.

"It was wonderful returning to Coventry in 2012 and the last 10 years has flown by."

Later this year TMETC will be moving to the new National Automotive Innovation Centre at the university which is a partnership between TMETC, Jaguar Land Rover and WMG, University of Warwick.

The unique partnership will create a dedicated facility as a driving force for the UK automotive industry, focusing on research and development into smarter, lighter and greener transport.

With an investment of £150 million the centre of excellence will see more than 1,000 industry and academic experts working side by side, on sustainable automotive projects.

"Moving to National Automotive Innovation Centre will be an exciting new chapter for the business. The state-of-the-art facilities will help strengthen our business offering while creating an inspiring environment to nurture future talented automotive professionals," added David.