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

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Zenzic Shares Results Of Industry-Wide Consultation On Geospatial Data For Self-Driving Vehicles

Zenzic, the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving revolution in the UK, its latest report reveals that getting self-driving vehicles on UK roads by 2030 will require industry-wide consensus to create large-scale platforms for the collecting, processing and sharing of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) specific mapping data. Read More

Mapping the Arctic Seafloor Using Autonomous Vehicles

This summer, four Saildrone unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) are sailing from San Francisco to the Chukchi Sea to perform a proof-of-concept acoustic single-beam bathymetry mission supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s effort to provide modern, accurate mapping data of the Bering Sea and Alaska’s North Slope. Read More

Kodiak Robotics releases safety report on self-driving technology

Self-driving truck company Kodiak Robotics has released a 49-page safety self-assessment report that aims both to demonstrate the startup’s commitment to public safety and provide a detailed portrait of how the company programs and operates its autonomous vehicles. Read More

MARii, MCE sign MoU to develop components for autonomous vehicles

The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Multi-Code Electronics Industries (MCE) recently signed a memorandum of understanding on the development of critical components to accelerate implementation of autonomous driving and connected mobility, in line with the National Automotive Policy 2020. Read More

Supply Chains after Covid-19: How Autonomous Solutions are Changing the Game

New AGV generations accessing complex outdoor environments are a real game changer and could potentially become more attractive after the Covid-19 crisis. As these vehicles become increasingly deployed in dynamic environments without infrastructure, these technologies have quickly migrated from manufacturing applications to supporting warehousing for manufacturing and distribution. Read More

Automated mining operations go open architecture

Mining operations are the ideal application for autonomous vehicles, with the potential to increase both efficiency and workforce safety. To this end, Wenco International Mining Systems (a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery) and Oxford, UK-based Oxbotica have teamed up to develop an open autonomy solution for mining. 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

Interdisciplinary advancement of trust in Autonomous Vehicles 16th June: CPC is hosting an interdisciplinary webinar between two academics working in this space. Dr Peter Popov, City University uses probabilistic modelling to support cybersecurity of autonomous vehicles and Xinyi Wu, University of Edinburgh will explores anthropological approaches to trust and safety, and how this applies to attitudes to autonomous vehicles. 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

Autonomous Vehicles Conference and Expo UK 2020 23rd June: This unique one-day conference, running alongside the Autonomous Vehicles Expo trade exhibition, will provide key insights from industry experts on how disruptive technological advances will revolutionise all aspects of travel and logistics over the coming decade. Read More

Taas Technology Conference 2020 30th June: The 3rd annual Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) Technology event is a two-day global conference and exhibition dedicated to covering the key topics of Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared (ACES) mobility, the new emerging business models disrupting the industry and the tools which will be required to make it a reality. Read More

More events can be found here

Funding Calls & Opportunities

EUREKA GlobalStars Japan: Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing £1 million to fund UK businesses leading collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. Projects should result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative and involve a technological risk. Read More

Designing sustainable plastic solutions: Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £800,000 to fund early-stage, human-centred design projects to reduce the harm that plastics have on our environment and to therefore increase productivity and growth of the UK economy. This funding is from the Plastic Research and Innovation Fund. Read More

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

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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

Knowledge Transfer Network: Project Manager – Science and Innovation – This role will be based in our Strategic Development Directorate, reporting to the Head of Projects and European Projects, and will work across all KTN Directorates, acting as a Product Manager for our internal Project Management software tool (Keto). Apply

Connected Places Catapult: Bid Manager – The Bid Team’s primary focus is to form, craft and lead the submission of bids, tenders and proposals in the Connected Places Innovation space, covering both new opportunities emerging from the formation of the new Catapult, whilst also continuing to service the areas of transport systems and smart cities. Apply

Intel: Embedded Control and Functional Safety FPGA Engineer – Intel wishes to engage with outstanding engineers who want to develop and promote FPGA-based solutions for customers in the Industrial and Automotive markets. You would work with a local team, industry experts and partner companies, using Agile project management to prioritize and deliver solutions, helping to shape the future of industrial technology. 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: Spatial Data Analyst (KRN) – You will be supporting the Network Resilience Data Manager and must be creative as this role will require developing the KRN asset management systems and development of innovative solutions to provide insight for transport intelligence and performance management. Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Community Engagement Lead (Walking and Cycling) – To succeed in this role, you will be customer focused and passionate about active travel. You will be maximising the benefits to customers of relationships built internally, with local authorities and delivery partners. The ability to apply project management skills, local knowledge and to work with initiative would be an advantage. Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Systems Developer – You will help to create industry-leading, accessible, digital transport services for the West Midlands.About the ProjectWe are on a journey to rebuild wmnetwork.co.uk. Starting with user needs. The website houses a growing number of services.Think about buying a ticket, checking for disruptions, or planning a journey. 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