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

OTTO Motors raises $29M to fill factories with autonomous delivery robots

OTTO Motors’ autonomous mobile robot platform, or AMRs, are used to handle materials within warehouses and factories. These robots, which were once viewed as a luxury, are now becoming a necessity. Read More

Nuro delivering pharmacy prescriptions with autonomous vehicles

US robotics startup Nuro is deploying autonomous vehicles to deliver prescriptions for CVS Pharmacy across three zip codes in Houston, Texas. Customers in the pilot area can place prescription orders along with non-prescription items on the CVS website or app. Read More

Robots fitted with UV light effectively treat powdery mildew in vineyards

Researchers at Cornell AgriTech, develop the first commercial robotic unit fitted with ultraviolet light lamps. These autonomous robots roam along rows of grapes in vineyards at night to effectively treat powdery mildew. The UV light robot, proves effective at killing powdery mildew, a devastating pathogen for many crops, including grapes. Read More

Combat drone to compete against piloted plane

The US Air Force will pit an advanced autonomous aircraft against a piloted plane in a challenge set for July 2021. The project could eventually lead to unpiloted fighter aircraft that use artificial intelligence (AI). Read More

Improving small drone collision avoidance with stereo cameras

Using video game software and stereo cameras, a research team has created a low cost and effective method for autonomous collision detection and avoidance on drones of all sizes.  Read More

Student researchers seek to improve cybersecurity of vehicle-to-vehicle communications

If cars talked to each other, it would improve the travel experience and help save lives—but it could also lead to malicious, even life-threatening, cyberattacks. A team of student researchers are working to bridge this cybersecurity gap in V2V communications. Read More

Resgreen Group Invests in Autonomous Mobile Robots to Aid in the Fight Against Coronavirus

Resgreen Group (RGGI), a leading mobile robot company, announced today that it will focus 40% of its research and development budget on developing autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) equipped with ultraviolet-C (UVC) light for disinfecting plants, warehouses and other facilities. 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


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

June 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

APC 16: developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability: The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30 million, 3 times a year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production match-funded projects. In this round APC is investing £30 million. Read More

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

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

Catapult: Procurement & Contracts Assistant – The primary objectives of the Procurement and Contracts Assistant will be to support the Legal & Procurement team. You will assist in the end to end management of the procurement process, ensuring that this process is adhered to throughout the organisation. In addition, take ownership of specific tasks within the process Apply

Knowledge Transfer Network: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Digital Economy – The role will provide technical capability and market expertise in the field of the Digital Economy, with particular attention to high growth technology and innovation-led business interaction, Innovate UK support and engagement with relevant Research Councils and other UK digital sector stakeholders and leadership bodies around the UK. Apply

Samsung: Graduate Software Engineer – We focus on the development of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chipsets. Our first-rate connectivity IP is in a wide range of devices from mobiles through to IOT and everything in between. Apply

More jobs can be found here

Top Jobs

Samsung: Senior DevOps Engineer – We are looking for a Senior Engineer to join our DevOps Apps team. You will work to maintain, develop and deploy systems and tools for Samsung both locally and worldwide to support software for our range of wireless solutions. Apply

Samsung: Firmware Engineer – Are you an enthusiastic embedded software engineer looking for your next role? We’re looking for a new addition to our Wi-Fi Firmware team. You will cover the entire software life cycle; from requirements gathering, to system test and product support. 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

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

More jobs can be found here