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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.’

Don Dhaliwal, Conigital, Lead Partner @ICAVcluster

Latest News

Interior design by tech firms will drive car companies to up their game

“In-car entertainment and increasing autonomy will pose new challenges and opportunities for designers. Until now, interior design has focused on ambience, comfort and luxury. While these are themes that will continue to shape interiors, autonomous driving offers designers the prospect of an empty, self-driving vessel to completely re-imagine.” Read More

Oxford-based tech firms to develop integrated radar-based navigation and perception system

“Two major UK technology companies, both based in Oxfordshire, Oxbotica and Navtech Radar, have announced their joint product development of a radar-based navigation and perception system to be launched in 2020.”Read More

Naïo Technologies raises $15.5 million to bring its autonomous farming robots to the U.S.

“Based near Toulouse, France, Naïo makes a range of robots designed to improve farming efficiency while also reducing dependence on chemical pesticides and herbicides. While the company already has 150 robots deployed in Western Europe, Japan, and elsewhere in North America, it plans to enter the U.S. market later this year.” Read More

How to Invest in Self-Driving Car Stocks

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe the technology that exists in the present age. Almost like a dream. And while self-driving car technology may seem like just a dream, it’s become very real, very fast. The perfect time to invest in the technology is now before these companies really take off.” Read More

Everything CES 2020 taught us about the exciting future of autonomous cars

“Fully autonomous cars aren’t quite ready to roam the streets unsupervised yet, but at CES 2020 automakers from around the globe gathered to show just how close they’re getting to delivering on years of promise. Here’s our complete guide to the current state of self-driving tech, direct from the show floor.” Read more

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Upcoming Events

Building Brum 2031: 23 January 2020 – Join us for an interactive evening looking at how automation, city trends and emerging technologies might affect how citizens of Birmingham Live, Work, Play and Move around the City in the future.  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

How can we plan for future mobility in London’s new developments?: 28 January 2020 – This event from the UK think tank Centre for London will launch its latest research on future mobility in London’s new developments. Read More

Career Paths in Automated Intelligence: 29 January 2020 – The technological developments in advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics will transform the way we live and work. Five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed. What is certain is that the future workforce required for this area will require a high level of STEM skills. 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

Korean Expansion Clinic on Smart Cities, CAV & Digital Healthcare: 30 January 2020 – With an estimated £422 billion spend in digital infrastructure in South Korea by 2030, there has never been a better time for UK companies in Smart City, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and Digital Healthcare to grow their business there. Read More

Funding Calls & Opportunities

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is part of a successful consortium, awarded funding from Innovate UK for the MultiCAV project. The MultiCAV project is a 30-month innovation project to implement a Mobility As A Service (MaaS) solution servicing passengers between Didcot Parkway Station and Milton Park. 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

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

More funding calls can be found here.

Featured Jobs

Conigital POD

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

Oxfordshire County Council: Electric Vehicle Charging; innovation service (iHUB) are recruiting for a highly motivated person to support and lead a number of projects dealing with Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure The successful candidate, working directly with Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council, will help develop and deliver ULEV services, infrastructure, policies and strategies to ensure that Oxfordshire is at the forefront of innovative transport and allied energy and data management solutions for the future. 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