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‘ We are proud to say that our ICAV, almost 2 years old, has been growing from strength to strength and attracted both national and international attention. I can never wait to share the latest exciting news and opportunities in this emerging space.

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Don Dhaliwal, Conigital, Lead Partner @ICAVcluster

Latest News

Arbe raises $32M to bring high-res radar for autonomous vehicles to market

“Arbe Robotics Ltd. closed a $32 million Series B funding round. The company, which has developed a chipset for 4D imaging radar, plans to use the investment to move to full production of its product, which it said can generate images 100 times more detailed than anything else currently available” Read More

Honda’s Augmented Driving Concept Puts You In Control Of Autonomous Vehicles

“Honda Xcelerator, the brand’s open innovation program, recently previewed four devices and technologies for CES, and now Honda is following suit by revealing plans to showcase new ideas of their own.” Read More

2022 FIFA World Cup will feature self-driving Volkswagen electric cars

“The self-driving Volkswagens are coming, but not to the US. At least not yet. VW said on Monday that it plans to put a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles on the road in Qatar in 2022. That, not coincidentally, is the year the Arab country will host the FIFA World Cup.” Read more

Autonomous helicopter startup Skyryse demonstrates tech that could power urban air taxis

“Skyryse, an autonomous helicopter startup, unveiled the technology stack that it says will enable future fleets of air taxis to fly themselves over cities. It also released footage from a demonstration flight of one of its autonomous helicopters from earlier this year” Read More

Autonomous Vehicle: Futuristic Predictions from Significant Automakers

“…a report revealed that the global autonomous vehicle market was estimated at US$ 54.23 billion in 2019, and is expected to hit US$ 556.67 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 39.47 percent from 2019 to 2026. It is also expected that Level 4 and 5 autonomous cars will emerge out as a large market by 2030 at US$ 60 billion globally” Read More

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Upcoming Events

Autonomous Cars – Technology, Ethics and Societal Impact: 8 January 2020 – An overview on the current developments with autonomous cars, and consideration of the ethical concerns and long term impact on our society  Read More

Future Mobility Symposium: 14 January 2020 – As part of the Innovate UK Government funded Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV 2) project ‘SYNERGY’, the Complexity Planning and Urbanism Lab (CPU-Lab) at the Manchester School of Architecture in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is organising the Future Mobility Symposium 2020 in Manchester.  Read More

Making Oxford a Smart City: Deploying Digital Technology Solutions: 16 January 2020 – The Smart Oxford programme is the joint Oxford City/Oxfordshire County project looking at ways to use technology (from smartphone apps to autonomous vehicles) to improve the lives of citizens and communities in the Oxford city region. This talk will look at the vision and the work so far to allow Oxfordshire to capitalise on the digital revolution.  Read More

The Future of AI in Agriculture: 23 January 2020 – We are on the cusp of innovation where farmers and growers can minutely manage inputs to maximise production, and use automation and robotics to reduce labour numbers and costs.  Read More

Lego Robot Coding Challenge: 25 January 2020 – Can you rise to the coding challenge of programming an autonomous Lego robot to navigate a track without knocking over the obstacles? Read More

The Artificial Intelligence in Business and Ethics Summit (AIBE): 29 January 2020 – How can we build responsible and unbiased AI? Will AI generate a fourth Industrial Revolution? What does this mean for businesses and governments around the world? Come and find out at AIBE 2020 Read More

Accelerating CAV deployment – Test-beds, Pilots & Demonstrators: 30 January 2020 – Join the IDEALondon mobility breakfast event for founders, investors and technologists to explore the latest mobility trends and best practices as we dig deep into the people and tech driving change. Read More

Funding Calls & Opportunities

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

Fintech – The fintech programme is aimed at company founders and consists of insights sessions delivered by some of the most established fintech entrepreneurs, investors and partners. The goal is to cover topics such as sales, partnerships with incumbents, expanding internationally and to give companies and founders the tools and knowledge they need to scale. Read More

GBSLEP – ​GBSLEP has £5,000 grants available for winning innovation ideas which address some of industry challenges faced in Social Care, Air Quality and Transport Electrification. Innovation Alliance is part of a consortium looking for businesses and entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to 15 challenges faced by industry in the GBLSEP area. Do you have an idea that could answer one of these challenges? Read More

Applied AI – Applied AI is Tech Nation’s first growth programme for Artificial Intelligence to help the UK’s most promising founders who are applying AI in practical areas and to create real-world impact. They do this through peer-to-peer support and the shared experience of later-stage founders, all curated under values of honesty, intimacy and trust. Read More

Innovate UK Smart Grants Oct 2019 Jan 2020: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused. Read More

Bilateral UK and US offshore wind R&D programme: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £1.5 million in UK companies partnering with US consortia to work on projects as part of the $40 million US National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium programme (NOWRDC). Read More

Driving the electric revolution: building regional centres of excellence: Up to £30 million is available to create regional centres of excellence for the development, prototyping and scale-up of power electronics, machines and drives technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Read More

Horizon 2020: EIC Horizon Prize for ‘Innovative Batteries for eVehicles (H2020-Batteries-EICPrize-2018):The challenge is to develop a safe and sustainable battery for electric-vehicles through the development of new materials and chemistries making use of abundant, sustainable low cost materials, which are easily available in Europe. Read More

Featured Jobs

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Conigital: Innovation Consultant-Bid Writer: You will play a pivotal part in helping generate successfully bid opportunities for projects improving the efficiency of the bid process and the management of multi project proposals. • Identify submission requirements • Manage the bid qualification process • Day to day management and submission of planning applications • Attending Bid Team meetings • Collating tender documents and contracts. Apply

Conigital: Visual Computing SLAM Engineer: Reporting to the Chief Engineer, the essence of this role is to develop and integrate sensor processing modules and provide a sensor fusion approach that can identify a variety of objects necessary to allow vehicle automation to function as required. You will be supporting the development and implementation of SLAM systems and will be tasked with the design and deployment of Visual SLAM libraries as well as getting involved with both new and existing research. Apply

Conigital: Development Operations (DevOps) Engineer: Reporting to the CTO, you will carry out agreed operational procedures, including network configuration, installation and maintenance of IT infrastructure for SaaS products.  You will support technical review and have a passion to design, develop and implement digital solutions to be deployed at scale. Within this role you will be expected to serve 2nd/3rd line IT functions and support R&D project at the infrastructure level in the areas of IoT, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Apply

Top Jobs

Anglia: Field Applications Engineer – Power North – Liaising with and assisting our field sales team, candidates will also be able to recognise and support customers’ new design project needs, identify new customers and develop design-in opportunities. You may already be working in a similar role, however we are equally interested in applications from design engineers currently working ‘at the bench’ who are looking for their next career step in electronic. Read More

U-BLOX UK: Senior Product Manager – As Senior Product Manager you will ensure that the Services offer matches the market need with responsibility for conducting market research, generating product requirements, guiding specifications, production timetables, pricing, and integrated plan for market introduction and marketing strategies.  You will liaise with stakeholders in Cellular, Positioning and Short Range Product teams. Apply

Conigital: Full Stack Developer – Reporting to the Technical Director, the Full Stack Developer will design, develop, test and deploy software for various projects. We are looking for someone who has experience with JavaScript, React (including testing) and its latest technologies and HTML. Experience with Azure, Docker and TypeScript  is desirable. The Team is based in Birmingham City Centre. Apply

Connected Places Catapult: UAV Senior Engineer – They are looking for creative and energetic individuals, with preferably aviation background, with a passion for making a difference and with the ability to contribute and accelerate the development of aviation initiatives. Apply

Immense Simulations: Business Development Executive – Immense Simulations Ltd. seeks a Business Development Executive for its Commercial and Strategy team in London, UK. The successful candidate must be a highly independent, assertive, and confident self-starter who has a strong sense of commercial processes and likes to work in a highly innovative environment. Apply

Knowledge Transfer Manager – Emerging Technologies and Industries – Emerging Technologies represent a step change from existing technologies and are usually still close to the academic / science base. They might be low on the Technology Readiness Level, with improvements required in their performance, but they have the potential to disrupt the market and generate great commercial impact. Apply

Aimsun – Transport Modeller – Aimsun is expanding and seeks qualified and experienced traffic engineers or transport planners for a full-time position as Transport Modeller for its UK branch. Your role will mainly consist of working in a wide variety of transport simulation/planning projects as well as configuring and deploying Aimsun Live as part of decision support systems delivered to traffic control centres for major cities and/or highway corridors. Apply