Welcome to ICAV. See the latest news and opportunities in the emerging Driverless Vehicle sector.

 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

Toyota-backed Pony.ai to offer autonomous delivery service in California

Toyota-backed self driving company Pony.ai said on Friday it would provide an autonomous delivery service to residents of Irvine, California, as demand for online orders surges because of the coronavirus lockdown. Read More

Elon Musk Says Tesla Robotaxis Will Be Ready This Year

Tesla announced last April that it would unleash a fleet of self-driving robotaxis on U.S. roads by 2020. Taking to Twitter recently, Elon Musk confirmed the Tesla robotaxis will be ready this year, but it’s unclear exactly whether governments will allow them Read More

Fully autonomous excavators ‘key to building a new era’: MPC Kinetic

MPC Kinetic has launched its first fully autonomous excavators in Queensland, with more to come as the company aims to extend autonomous excavation operations. The Brisbane headquartered resource and construction firm has, for the first time, trialled a fully-automated 36-tonne excavator using an artificial intelligence system created by U.S. technology startup Built Robotics. Read More

Tesla is patenting a clever way to train Autopilot with augmented camera images

Tesla is equipped with a suite of cameras that provide 360-degree visual coverage for the vehicle. In the patent’s description, Tesla noted that images used for neural network training are usually captured by various sensors, which, at times, have different characteristics. Read More

Neolix sees a 10-fold increase in autonomous vehicle orders amid epidemic

Neolix, an autonomous vehicle (AV) company based in Beijing, has seen a 10-fold increase in orders for AVs amid the epidemic. This year, it has already confirmed a total of 1,000 orders. The company provided 50 self-driving vehicles to help cope with the epidemic situation, 18 of which have been deployed in Wuhan to disinfect the streets, deliver food, and sell epidemic prevention goods. Read More

Uber claims its AI enables driverless cars to predict traffic movement with high accuracy

Researchers at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) propose an AI technique to improve autonomous vehicles’ traffic movement predictions. With this driverless technologies AV’s must be able to detect, track, and anticipate surrounding cars, trajectories in order to safely navigate public roads. Read More

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COVID 19 Grant & Support Information

COVID-19: Government guidance for employees, employers and businesses

This guidance also provides details of support available to businesses including:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Self-Assessment payments
  • Statutory sick pay relief package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and other Grants
  • New lending facility from the Bank of England to help support liquidity among larger firms

COVID 19 Funding Calls

COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19. As this is a rolling call there is currently no fixed end date to the call, we are open to applications and will aim to review complete proposals within 4 weeks of submission. Read More

Covid-19 fast track: £1million Defence innovation funding for Covid-19 DASA is currently seeking any idea or novel approach that could boost the Ministry of Defence’s capabilities in support of the national effort against Coronavirus (Covid-19). Proposals should be clear as to whether they seek to address the current Covid-19 threat or future similar scenarios. Proposals addressing the current pandemic must have the ability or relevant permissions to successfully deliver the project despite current working restrictions. Read More

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19 – Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration Read More

COVID 19 EVENT NOTICE

Following recent developments with the global pandemic relating to COVID-19. A number of events are being canceled, deferred or being made online. Please check directly with event organisers to the state of your event.

Upcoming Events

INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) Webinar – Nottingham and Derby Branch – 20th April This event will look at some of the security challenges, and the industry activities to mitigate the risks, leading to the anticipate widespread use of automated vehicles by 2027 and “IoT devices are not a product, they’re a risk in a box.” Read More

AI for Services COVID-19 Support Webinar – 21st April The AI for Services team is hosting a lunchtime webinar to provide support for Innovate UK grant funded projects impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar will be curated by members of the network and is open to all sectors. Read More

IRF Online Workshop – 23rd April The introduction of technologies related to connectivity, automation, electrification, and digitalization has kicked-off a challenging and exciting transformation of the transport sector which will be characterised by an equally challenging transition period to a new ecosystem. While most of the progress and debate around these issues has been so far centred around the vehicles Read More

Horizon 2020: Webinar 28th April This event is aimed at companies and research organisations that are interested in European Support for Bio-based Industries (BBI) and who wish to work with European counterparts in collaborative research and innovation projects. Read More

Getting Started with LiDAR – 28th-30th April Exclusive new opportunity to understand the fundamentals of Digital 3D LiDAR technology with Level Five Supplies and expert course leaders. Their one, two or three day courses offer the ideal mix of theory and practice, ensuring you develop a sound working knowledge of LiDAR hardware and software; and learn how to get started on your journey to generating, recording and interpreting point clouds for robotics, surveying and autonomous systems. Read More

IAAPS Research Networking Workshop – 30th April This workshop aims to identify specific opportunities to conduct fundamental, holistic and cross-disciplinary research that contributes to the wider propulsion systems challenges. The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems is a University wide undertaking with the aim of identifying and bringing together research strengths across all areas that can be focussed on the vitally important challenges around sustainable mobility. Read More

AI in Industry, future developments for AI, code an autonomous robot car – 30th April This event illustrates the power and possiblities of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the ways in which at UST-Global work with our clients across industry to use and benefit from AI. Read More

More events can be found here

Funding Calls & Opportunities

Innovate UK Smart Grants: January 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

5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands: West Midlands 5G (WM5G) will work in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Together they will invest up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport or improve traveller experience. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will manage the competition process. Read More 

Demonstrators Addressing Cyber Security Challenges in the Internet of Things: Round 2 UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things. Read More

ISCF digital security by design: technology enabled business-led demonstrator, phase 1: UK businesses can apply for up to £5.8 million to collaborate on a digital security by design demonstrator project in which an additional technology ‘ingredient’ is required. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Read More

GCRF demonstrate impact in developing countries: round 2, phase 1: The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) will invest up to £9.3 million in prototype stage projects. The projects must have the potential to transform lives in developing countries, through appropriately designed innovation that responds to real market demand. 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

Building on the success of SCDIA 2019/20, the Local Government Association and NHS Digital want to continue supporting digital innovation to help local government and their care partners deliver key health and social care services.  At the current time, it is also an opportunity to support applications in response to COVID-19. Read More

COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call Building on the initial calls of their Initiative, DHSC, through the NIHR, and UKRI are jointly launching a rolling call for proposals for rapid research into COVID-19. As this is a rolling call there is currently no fixed end date to the call, we are open to applications and will aim to review complete proposals within 4 weeks of submission. Read More

Covid-19 fast track: £1million Defence innovation funding for Covid-19 DASA is currently seeking any idea or novel approach that could boost the Ministry of Defence’s capabilities in support of the national effort against Coronavirus (Covid-19).Proposals should be clear as to whether they seek to address the current Covid-19 threat or future similar scenarios. Proposals addressing the current pandemic must have the ability or relevant permissions to successfully deliver the project despite current working restrictions. Read More

UKRI open call for research and innovation ideas to address COVID-19 – Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.UKRI will support excellent proposals up to 18 months duration Read More

More funding can be found here

Featured Jobs

Conigital POD

West Midlands Combined Authority: Support Officer – Metro- We are looking for a proactive and organised Support Officer with exceptional attention to detail and outstanding stakeholder management ability to provide high quality support to the Metro Property & Projects Solicitor in respect of the Midland Metro Schemes, the Transport and Works Act Orders and the land requirements. You will also provide support to the West Midlands Metro Team. Apply

Knowledge Transfer Network: Finance Transactions Supervisor- To assist the Finance Manager to deliver an effective, efficient and robust transactional finance function to support the operations of KTN Limited. Assisting with improving processes, policies and maximising relationships with stakeholders, both internal & external. Apply

Coventry University: Head of Academic Partnerships and Development- This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the National School of Education and Teaching, where you will manage our existing academic partnerships with SCITTs and develop new partnerships with schools, teacher training providers and educational organisations in the UK and across the world. Apply

ICAV Cluster: Vehicle Integration Engineer – Reporting to the Technical Director, the Vehicle Integration Engineer Will Lead and drive forward the definition and implementation of a vehicle x-by-wire interface that will be used to integrate with a vehicle automation platform. The x-by-wire solution will be designed to be configurable across several target vehicles. The role is not just about developing the software but also about defining and integrating the electro-mechanical mechanisms and interfaces with existing vehicle systems (e.g. introducing epas, e-braking etc). Apply

ICAV Cluster: Principal Engineer- Safety – Reporting to the CTO, the Principal Engineer- Safety will develop and integrate all the safety functionality for our vehicle automation solution. Our intent is to use an external organisation to lead the definition of the safety goals and validate the implementation of the safety functionality. Apply

More jobs can be found here

Top Jobs

West Midlands Combined Authority: Major Scheme Interface Manager – You will manage the coordination and delivery of tactical strategies to minimise disruptive impacts of major scheme delivery across the region. This will mean working across major investment programmes including HS2, Midland Metro Extension Apply

Knowledge Transfer Network: Finance Assistant- To assist the Finance Transactions Supervisor to deliver an effective, efficient and robust financial management to support the operations of KTN Limited. Assisting with improving processes, policies and maximising relationships with stakeholders, both internal & external. Apply

Coventry University: Principal Registry Officer- This is an interesting and diverse role with a significant degree of autonomy. Working closely with a Faculty or Subsidiary as a business partner, you will build your knowledge and experience in order to provide academic quality and enhancement advice to a variety of course teams and professional services staff.  In addition, you will help to shape policy and processes to support the quality and standards of the University’s awards. Apply

Conigital Group: Software Engineer – Reporting to the Tech Team Lead, you will take responsibility for developing key aspects and functions that form the backbone of our product portfolio (ConOP™). This includes development at different Technology Readiness Levels, writing functions to analyse data sets, develop prototypes releases of software (for pilots to prove concepts), and “glue” systems together to integrate different business applications. Apply

Conigital Group: Cloud Architect – Reporting to the CTO, you will translate business needs to technical requirements and specifications for cloud-based portfolio of products, while improving the efficiency and operations of SaaS products. You will support technical review and have a passion to design and improve digital solutions to be deployed at scale. Apply

More jobs can be found here