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Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future

The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission are launching the first of a series of public consultations about crucial legal reforms which will ensure the country is prepared for the introduction of automated vehicles. Read More

Will driverless cars be allowed on PAVEMENTS?

New rules to let self-driving cars break the speed limit or mount kerbs to avoid accidents are being drawn up in a ‘digital Highway Code’. And in a radical legal move, it could be the car maker punished if a driverless car speeds without justification or causes a fatal accident.  Read More

CAV Scotland roundup

Last week, I attended the first CAV Scotland event. It was organised by Transport Scotland and Transport Network to promote the opportunities around connected and autonomous vehicles in Scotland. It was an excellent event, collocated with Bridges Scotland and Traffex Road Expo ScotlandRead More

Driving autonomous cars off the beaten path

Autonomous vehicles can follow the general rules of American roads, recognizing traffic signals and lane markings, noticing crosswalks and other regular features of the streets. But they work only on well-marked roads that are carefully scanned and mapped in advance. Read More

Transport Systems Catapult is partnering with Innogy Innovation Hub and Telefónica to lead world class accelerator

The Transport Systems CatapultWayra UK and innogy Innovation Hub,and have come together to grow innovative businesses in the UK in a new London-based programme. “Scale-Up Hub” will focus on growing small and medium-sized businesses in areas such as future energy, urban solutions, customer experience and connected technologies. Read More

Bugs on Wheels: The New Generation of Autonomous Vehicles

The new generation of connected cars — especially autonomous vehicles — will be a boom market for satellite, says the satellite industry. Not so fast, says the mobile industry. 5G is the future. Signals from space will have nothing to do with it. But, who is right? One? Both? Neither? Read More

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Funding Calls

Innovation loans: September 2018 open competition: Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Read More

British Business Bank launches online information hub to support small businesses: The British Business Bank has launched its new targeted digital information hub and is live and accessible for SMEs seeking finance to grow their businesses. Read More

IDP 15: the road to zero emission vehicles, large R&D – UK businesses can apply for up to £4 million to research and develop technologies that accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles. Read More

IDP 15: the road to zero emission vehicles, feasibility studies – UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to research and develop technologies that accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.Read More

Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation R&D, Round 3 – UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £23 million for R&D projects focused on de-risking the scale up of battery development technology. This funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Read More

Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation Feasibility Studies, Round 3 – UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for feasibility studies focused on de-risking the scale up of battery development technology. This funding comes from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Read More

More funding calls can be found here.

Featured Events

ICAV announce first Automation and Simulation Special Interest Groups Events

On 29th January, ICAV will be holding two events. In the morning will be the first meeting of the Automation Interest Group led by ICAV founding members Conigital and in the afternoon, will be the first meeting of the Simulation Interest Group  led by industry experts Aimsun and has a specific role in considering how simulation techniques will evolve in the world of connected and autonomous vehicles. Read More

This conference, co-hosted by IDEA Institute and the Centre for Brexit Studies, at Birmingham City University, will explore the Metro Mayors’ impact since their election in 2017 and their ability to influence future prospects for greater regional prosperity. A central question is whether the time is ripe for a new, and fairer, constitutional settlement for the English regions. Read More

Gain 33% off delegate tickets (£20 + VAT) 

Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the exciting developments taking place in this sector, including details of the work being undertaken by the Energy Technology and Research Institute, the Energy for Business Innovation programme and the Enterprise Europe initiative, alongside companies operating in this sector. Choose ‘ICAV’ in the dropdown menu to access the discount. Read More

Upcoming Events

How to negotiate your own NDA: 12 November 2018 – Browne Jacobson will circulate a non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”) in advance and provide some training to build confidence for companies seeking to agree and negotiate their own NDAs – with practical tips and guidance on dealing with investors and when to take advice. The session will be a round table so please feel free discuss any queries you have. Read More

Secure IoT – Internet of Things Cybersecurity conference: 13 November 2018 – We are seeing an ever-increasing number and sophistication of cyber-attacks on systems and products that are using connected IoT devices. These attacks are being instigated by different types of actors including: criminals; states and state sponsored; issue-orientated hactivists (malicious insiders pose the greatest threat) and ‘script kiddies’. Read More

Mayoral Combined Authorities – What can they do for us?: 16 November – Getting a ‘Fair Deal’ in England has proved to be problematic. Politically, Britain is recognised as one of the most centralised countries in Europe with London receiving over half the total national infrastructure spending each year. Against a background of persistent poverty this seems unfair especially given the increasing criticisms of capitalism following on from the financial crisis and leading to greater regional inequality. Read More

Sustainable Transport in the Midlands: the key to unlocking the benefits of new housing: 19 November – Join the Transport Knowledge Hub at a regional forum in Birmingham on housing and local transport in the Midlands. The session, which is part of a series of events, will consider the findings of new research undertaken by KPMG on sustainable transport and housing. Read More

Empower your business with open data: 21 November – Whether you have some prior knowledge of Open Data, work in a related field, or are completely new to it, this introductory workshop will give you a better understanding on how Open Data has the power to fuel economic growth, job creation, innovation and new business opportunities. Read More

Robots: Assistance, Automation, Entertainment: 22 November 2018 – We will focus on advanced technological innovations (human-robot interaction, humanoids, social robots, autonomous systems, intelligent perception, AI, machine learning, connectivity), as well as on societal aspects (legal issues, legislation, regulations, robotics ethics, human–robot co-existence, employment, safety). Read More

STEP supplier engagement event: 23 November 2018 – York is the UK’s first gigabit city, and STEP will make York the first small city to combine data, technology and connected people and vehicles to deliver our policy aims. Read More

ITS UK Summit 2018 – 26 – 27 November – The ITS (UK) Summit is returning to the industry calendar in 2018, with the date set for 26 and 27 November.The event will take place in Bristol and coincide with the annual President’s Dinner and ITS (UK) Awards ceremony which will take place on the Monday evening, 26 November. Read More

CAV & Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – Powering the Future: March 2019– The conference looks at all aspects of the commercialisation of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector with presentations from key stakeholders operating in this sector, policy makers and also users of the technology. Transport will be a key subject of interest including buses, trucks, rail and shipping and of course private transport. The increasing interest in Hydrogen for Heat will be considered as will the vital issues of hydrogen production, infrastructure, storage and safety and large and small scale portable and stationary applications. Read More

TOP Jobs

Conigital: Software Engineer (Mid-level) – We are looking for software engineers to develop the back end for our suite of products. You will be working on our real-time back end for our fleet management system. Knowledge of real-time messaging protocols is essential such as MQTT and AMQP. Knowledge of messaging systems such as RabittMQ and Kafka is a plus. Apply

IC Resources: Software Architect – Software Architects are highly sought by my Cambridge based client to work on the development, design and architecture of a brand-new product. This is a rare opportunity to get involved and influence the design direction in relation to 5G telecommunications products. Apply

Plextek: Embedded Software Engineer – We are looking to recruit experienced Embedded Software Engineers to join the software team within Plextek and support our latest client developments. The role requires all-round software development skills with the emphasis on embedded operating systems and applications. Apply

MediaTek: Senior Wireless Software Engineer – We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Wireless Software Engineer to join our Modem Technology and Architecture team. The main goal of this position is to contribute to the design, implementation and verification of the modem software used in MediaTek’s latest and most advanced chipsets. Apply

CRFS: Assembly Technician – We are looking for a bright, practical, and highly motivated individual to join our Manufacturing team. You will be working under the guidance of our current Manufacturing Engineer to help fabricate, build, and test our system level products. Apply

Coventry University: Business Delivery Manager – As a Business Delivery Manager looking for a rewarding career in a vibrant and modern environment, you will deliver our exciting RECREATE project, supporting the improvement of regional policies for transport SME support. You will be coordinating the delivery of the project by a team of 5 overseas organizations. Apply

Digital Catapult: Commercial Product Lead – Your job is to act as business lead for Digital Catapult’s ‘Intelligent’ technology layer: support and further develop the partnerships, commercial relationships, project portfolio and funding base around Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Apply

Amazing Prospects: Deep Learning Neural Networks AI Engineer –  AI Deep Learning scale up looking for staff engineers, the next frontier is getting closer using this stunning software. They have created a clever deep learning algorithm that will create, manage and command future decisions. This unique technology that can articulate items, objects with meaningful contextual descriptions to enable better understanding and decisions. Apply

KISS: Account Director – KISS is an ambitious, strategy-led integrated agency, working with the organisations that are changing the world. We work across B2B and B2C, primarily with the science, technology, education and affiliated sectors. As our name suggests, we ‘keep it successfully simple’ in the way we think, work and create. KISS is headquartered in Cambridge, the UK’s fastest growing city economy. Apply

RealVNC: Software Test Engineer – Working as part of the VNC Connect team, you will be primarily focused on the server component of our software. Today that runs on Windows, macOS or Linux, but we have plans to expand this to mobile and other platforms in the future. As a test engineer you will be expected to test new features, get involved in performance testing, localisation testing and carry out regression testing. Apply

Green Energy Options: Project Manager – We are looking for an experienced technology project management professional, with strong business acumen, technical understanding and the personal drive to take ownership of a product and to deliver on time and to budget. Apply