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

China’s first 5G-powered level 4 self-driving production vehicle rolls off assembly line

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- Dongfeng Motor Corporation (called “Dongfeng” for short) on June 12 saw the mass-produced version of the Dongfeng Sharing-VAN 1.0 Plus, purportedly China’s first 5G-enabled autonomous vehicle with level 4 applications, roll off the production line at its technical center. Read More

Kaspersky and AVL Software and Functions develop secure autonomous driving controller

Kaspersky is announcing the first successful integration of its new automotive KasperskyOS into an electronic control unit (ECU) of an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), developed by AVL Software and Functions GmbH (AVL SFR). Read More

Autonomous vehicle firm “Beep” to accelerate operations

Beep will begin operations in Tampa this summer. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority in May approved a one-year contract not to exceed $914,928 for Beep to provide transportation services in downtown Tampa. Read More

Ford launches hands-free driving

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford’s Active Drive Assist, part of its Co-Pilot360 technology suite, allows for hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways. Co-Pilot360 to compete with Tesla’s autopilot, GM’s super cruise on Mustang Mach E electric crossover. Read More

Trump administration launches online platform to build public trust in driverless vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday a federal effort to build public trust in autonomous vehicle development, creating an online platform that allows tech companies and governments to share safety information and testing data. Read More

Volkswagen gets more active in software development with new Car.Software division

The new internal organization will develop most of VW Group’s car and cloud-based software, unifying the brands with a VW.OS platform. Volkswagen is reducing its reliance on software partnerships and shifting gears to developing its own in-vehicle software. Read More

Driverless Car Industry Gets a Nudge on Standards and Transparency

Hundreds of driverless cars have been tested in locations across the U.S. in recent years, but standards are inconsistent and in a handful of cases there have been accidents and even a death. Now, the federal government wants to improve how those tests are conducted and create more transparency for a nascent industry that seeks to transform how people drive — but is casting aside calls for stricter regulations. 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

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

Urban Links Africa Open Call 24th June: In this webinar we will be celebrating the launch of the Open Call by hearing from the team. We will also be providing an indepth explanation of the Open Call requirements, challenges, and the application process. 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

3rd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway 6th – 7th July: Join Tamara Djukic for the 3rd Symposium on Management of Future Motorway and Urban Traffic Systems, where representatives of policy, industry and science will discuss the latest advances in the field of traffic management. 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

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

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

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

Catapult: Social Economist – We are seeking an enthusiastic Social Economist to join our Economics & Impact Team.  The role will support a broad range of analysis on the social and economic impacts of new technologies across a number of domains, including mobility and the built environment.  This is an exciting time to join a team that is conducting ground-breaking analysis and thought leadership on the impacts of new and innovative products, services and technologies. Apply

Catapult: Portfolio Manager – Working with individual Project Managers, the Portfolio Manager will ensure all projects meet the requirements of the Grant Funding Agreement, maintain a detailed view of the overall programme budget, monitor risk status and delivery plans and ensure new projects meet the GFA requirements whilst all projects are closed and disseminated appropriately. Apply

Transport for West Midlands: Communications and Engagement Manager (Rail) –  Working in a fast-paced project-based environment, you can easily translate large volumes of complex information, from multiple sources, into customer friendly language and engage key stakeholders, residents and businesses affected by the project. 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

Coventry University: Internships Senior Associate (UK Opportunities) – This post is focused on supporting the delivery of a sector-leading service that supports students to gain exposure to employers through internships and live projects. Access to short-term and/or long-term professional experience opportunities is a powerful factor in preparing students for successful careers. This role has a key part to play by supporting the Internships Manager to deliver organisational goals, ensuring that students and employers engaged with UK based work experiences, projects and internships experience an excellent service and are fully supported. Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Team PA (Mayor’s Team) –  We are looking for a politically astute, hard working and dedicated person to join the small Mayoral team in the West Midlands Combined Authority. You’ll be responsible for supporting the team deliver and will be given some projects of your own to get your teeth into! 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