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

Siemens to lay foundations for UK’s largest on-street CAV testbed

The MFM programme will see the creation of the largest on-street testbed of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in the UK, Siemens said. Siemens Mobility Limited has won a contract with Transport for West Midlands to provide connected mobility infrastructure and software services for the Midlands Future Mobility (MFM) project. Read More

The Yards to deliver meals to DC families in need with Optimus Ride autonomous vehicles

The Yards, a waterfront development, announced that it has partnered with Optimus Ride Inc. to deliver food to families struggling with food insecurity in Southeast DC. Optimus Ride’s autonomous vehicles will provide a direct and contact-free way to provide nutritious meals, said the companies. Read More

Jacksonville, feds finalize funding for autonomous vehicle system

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and the Federal Transit Administration finalized an agreement Friday that provides funding for the beginning phases of a public automatic vehicle system in the downtown area.The accord allows JTA to begin using $12.5 million in discretionary grant funds to start the transition of the existing Skyway Express rail people mover into a public autonomous vehicle system. Read More

O2 completes Innovate UK cyber security project blueprint for self-driving cars

Leading UK telco O2 has revealed that it has completed its contribution for the 12-week-long Baselining, Automation and Response for CAV Testbed (BeARCAT) cyber security project, funded by the UK’s government-funded innovation agency Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). Read More

SoftBank led $500M investment in Didi in China’s biggest autonomous driving round

The race to automate vehicles on China’s roads is heating up. Didi, the Uber of China, announced on Friday an outsized investment of over $500 million in its freshly minted autonomous driving subsidiary. Read More

Audi launches high-tech car unit Artemis to fast-track a ‘pioneering’ EV to market

Audi has created a new business unit called Artemis to bring electric vehicles equipped with highly automated driving systems and other tech to market faster. Artemis will be led by Alex Hitzinger, who was in charge of Audi’s Autonomous Intelligent Driving (AID), the self-driving subsidiary that was launched in 2017. Read More

Army goes deep on autonomous systems

To accelerate advances in autonomous systems that will improve the military’s maneuverability in complex and contested environments, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) will be conducting nine annual sprints focused on expanding the Army’s autonomy enterprise. 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

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

Smart to Future Cities June 9th – June 10th : Smart to Future Cities will deliver smarter, scalable and citizen-focused solutions through changing landscapes for the cities of the future. Highlighting real-time, cost-effective case studies from leading smart cities. Smart to Future Cities Conference is dedicated space for start-ups to showcase their solutions. Whether this is in the exhibition or through keynote pitch off, we can ensure that start-ups will be at the heart of the smart city ecosystem Read More

Plantech: Housing Monitoring Show & Tell 10th June: This show and tell will showcase the work Connected Places Catapult has been doing as part of the GovTech Catalyst challenge. The challenge explores the automation of housing monitoring in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and how this could accelerate the delivery of much needed new homes. Read More

The AI Summit June 10th – June 11th : Through collaboration our Informa Tech (FTSE50) market leading AI research, AI media and AI training companies, we ensure that our partners, clients and supporters benefit from the unrivalled insights we have into the global AI market. Read More

5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility June 17th – June 19th : Join Tamara Djukic for the 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility. The theme of this year’s Conference is: “Advances in Mobility as a Service Systems”. Read More

Third Thursday: Seizing Singapore’s opportunities June 18th : On the 18th June, Connected Places Catapult will be joined by representatives from the FCO, Singaporean government and large companies to discuss current opportunities, how you can get involved and what support is available for UK PLC. Read More

More events can be found here

Funding Calls & Opportunities

Future flight challenge phase 2: strand 2, development: Innovate UK will invest up to £30 million in innovation projects in phase 2 of the Future Flight Challenge. We will fund projects that develop integrated aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. Solutions should be able to be integrated into a mature operational environment, ensuring safe and reliable operation in flight and on the ground. Read More

Future flight challenge phase 2: strand 1, fast track development: Innovate UK will invest up to £30 million in innovation projects as part of phase 2 of the Future Flight Challenge. We will fund projects that develop integrated aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. Solutions should be able to be integrated into a mature operational environment, ensuring safe and reliable operation in flight and on the ground. Read More

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

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

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

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

Intellegens Limited: Deep Learning Scientist – We are looking for a machine learning expert who is passionate about building models for real-world applications. Intellegens is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge that has developed a unique deep learning architecture that can work with sparse and noisy data. We are currently working in the material, chemical and drug discovery sectors and as the technique is generic and we have further opportunities in other domains such as finance, retail, and Internet of Things. Apply

Intellegens Limited: Marketing Manager – Intellegens is a spin-out from the University of Cambridge that has developed a unique deep learning architecture that can work with sparse and noisy data. We are currently working in the material, chemical and drug discovery sectors and as the technique is generic and we have further opportunities in other domains such as finance, retail, and Internet of Things. We are looking for a B2B SaaS Marketing Manager who can help us launch innovative products and lead our digital presence. 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

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

ICAV Cluster: AI & Cloud Tech Team Lead – Within this role you will be expected to undertake tasks such as providing technical mentorship to the tech team in the areas of AI and Cloud, researching and developing proof-of-concept solutions and algorithms that will be gradually integrated into production, and conducting code reviews.  Our ideal candidate will be advocating Scrum methodologies with DevOps/DevSecOps under the full SDLC in a cloud environment and will enhance the capability of existing AI and Cloud developments through innovation and by following best DevOps and scientific practices. Apply

Intellegens Limited: Business Development Manager –  We are looking for someone with a passion for technology and innovation who will help this company accelerate growth whilst offering outstanding customer experience. This is an exciting opportunity to work at a fast-growing technology startup and help shape and deliver strategy for customer engagement. Apply

Intellegens Limited: Computer Scientist – We are seeking a talented developer to work closely with the founding team to develop our Ichnite platform.This new engine allows aggregation of multiple machine learning models, enabling a new paradigm in model sharing and collaboration. Apply

More jobs can be found here