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

Promobot debuts disinfecting robot for COVID-19 pandemic

Promobot, which promotes itself as the largest service robotics company in Europe, has just unveiled a new disinfecting robot as one of the company’s solutions designed to stop the spread of coronavirus. Read More

Tesla robo-taxi: Elon Musk outlines 3-step plan to fully-autonomous rides

The semi-autonomous Tesla Autopilot system is already taking over drivers’ tasks in limited circumstances, like turning off the highway at the correct exit. Musk has a three-point plan to expand this software and enable the fleet of the future. Read More

MoHAP Launches Self-driving Vehicle in Sharjah

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced it is deploying a self-driving vehicle to distribute personal protective equipment including masks, gloves and sanitizers to residents and workers of a residential complex in Sharjah. Read More

Autonomous box truck for B2B short-haul logistics revealed

Gatik has announced a new platform to serve the supply chain’s middle mile. The self-driving fleet of multi-temperature box trucks. Gatik is reportedly the first company to develop autonomous box trucks capable of delivering ambient, cold and frozen goods. Read More

Sejong City to establish blockchain-based autonomous vehicle trusted platform

SEOUL — In a government-led project, a trusted platform for the verification of autonomous driving using blockchain technology will be set up in Sejong, a planned city designated as a testbed for smart city solutions. Read More

Future Volvo Models To Use Roof-Mounted Lidar Autonomous Tech

Volvo announces that it’s partnering with Luminar to introduce better autonomous driving technology in future Volvo cars. And yes, the industry-leading LiDAR, which stands for light detection and ranging, is the center of this collaboration, which is bound to be equipped on next-generation Volvo vehicles. Read More

RBSL supports British Army with mission robots

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land has secured a training and maintenance contract to support the delivery of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to the UK Ministry of Defence. RBSL will provide training for operators and maintenance support for the British Army. 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 submissionRead 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


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

5G Create London Briefing Event 11th May Participants will be briefed on the scope, eligibility and how to make an application for funding. 5G Create is open to all sectors, including: Creative Industries, Utilities (Energy and water), Health and Social Care and Logistics. Read More

Latam Smart Energy & Mobility Virtual Summit 13th-14th May It is a meeting under invitation designed to address the future of the energy sector, energy 4.0 and sustainable mobility. Among the topics that we will address is decentralization, digitization, integration of renewables in the electricity grid, storage, hydrogen, Smart Cities, Electric Mobility and Cargo Infrastructure, smart mobility and the post-COVID-19 scenario. Read More

The Cambridge Start-up Billion Pound Scale-up Challenge 14th May The challenge is open to Cambridge startups that have secured a minimum of £500,000 investment (or £300,000 client income), are growing, or even those that have achieved multi-million pound turnover but have challenges as a result of rapid growth. Read More

Innovation in sustainable food supply chains 20th May webinar will feature guest speakers taking a look at how food gets from farm to consumer, giving insights into possible impacts of Covid-19 on supply chains and highlighting where innovation can be a real game changer in urban food distribution. Read More

Third Thursday: Digitising the Future of EIA 21st May This webinar will showcase our findings, and along with a number of speakers, stir a conversation around the changes needed in our current system and how we can start overcoming the barriers and obstacles ahead of us. Read More

More events can be found here

Funding Calls & Opportunities

NATEP: helping SMEs innovate in aerospace, spring 2020: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is working with the Aerospace Technology Institute and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Up to £10 million will be invested in NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme) for aerospace innovation projects as part of the ATI programme. In this competition we are investing up to £2.5 million. Read More

May 2020 expression of interest: ATI Programme: The ATI Programme represents a £3.9 billion joint government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace. Read More

EUREKA collaborative R&D: UK Sweden aerospace 2020 UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.25 million to develop aerospace technology in partnership with businesses from Sweden and organisations from other EUREKA nations. 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

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

More funding can be found here

Featured Jobs

Conigital POD

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

Coventry University: CRM Specialist – We are currently recruiting a CRM Specialist, who will manage the delivery and execution of the communications plans that support UK student recruitment, in line with the University Group’s corporate plan, annual recruitment targets and in compliance with internal and external drivers. Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Skills Planning and Performance Officer – In this role, you will provide oversight of performance and messaging to key stakeholders and government departments through the establishment and implementation of regular reporting mechanisms. In line with the corporate governance and assurance processes, you will oversee Directorate performance reporting across projects, programmes and activity to WMCA colleagues; along with funding providers and stakeholders including the WMCA board members and Central Government at agreed checkpoints and gateways Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Head of Wellbeing and Prevention – This is a key leadership role within the WMCA – ensuring the effective delivery of public service reform, inclusive growth and wellbeing priorities, and working with a team of people supporting inclusive growth goals across the WMCA’s portfolios. 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

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

Coventry University: Digital Media Producer – We are looking for a wide range of digital media production skills and you may come from a range of backgrounds including; Animation, Digital Media, Film and Television, Illustration, Graphic Design, Journalism, Multimedia Production and Photography. You are likely to have expertise in more than one area. Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Chief of Staff- Mayor’s Office (FTC) – The Chief of Staff role is critical to ensuring the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Executive office of the Mayor and supporting the Mayor in delivering his priorities for the West Midlands at pace. This is a highly visible and strategic role, that will see the successful candidate working with a wide range of organisations and leaders across the Public and Private sectors. Apply

Coventry University: Lecturer in Business Management – All role holders will have a growing reputation in a combination of teaching and/or scholarship and/or research and/or enterprise, a good understanding of resource management and administration in their own area. Typically, roles will incorporate at least two areas of focus. Role holders will contribute to income generation and the continual enhancement of the activity, knowledge and values required for internationalising HE. 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