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

Tesla is ‘Very Close’ to Level-5 Autonomous Driving, Chief Executive Elon Musk Says

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has designated five levels of autonomous driving in an effort to clear up the many public misconceptions of exactly what a self-driving car is capable of in the real world. Achieving Level-5 is the ultimate goal for developers of self-driving vehicles. Read More

2020 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index

KPMG Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index highlights countries and jurisdictions preparing for a more driverless future. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic and shifting user and environmental requirements for transportation could accelerate the next round of AV development and deployment around the globe. Read More

Boris Johnson: TfL driverless trains ‘should be funding condition

Allowing driverless trains should be a condition of any future funding of Transport for London (TfL), Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.In May, TfL secured £1.6bn in emergency funding to keep Tube and bus services running until September. Read More

WILLER and Mobileye to offer autonomous mobility solutions in Asia

Beginning in Japan, the companies will collaborate on the testing and deployment of autonomous and on-demand transportation solutions. WILLER has announced a strategic collaboration with Mobileye, to launch an autonomous robotaxi service in Japan and markets across Southeast Asia. Read More

U-blox and Cohda to cooperate on autonomous cars

Patently Apple recentlThalwil ZH – The ETH spin-off u-blox is joining forces with the Australian firm Cohda Wireless. Together, the two partners are planning to develop a software solution for autonomous vehicles. To this end, a chip designed by u-blox will be used Read More

WeRide Gets China’s First Permit to Test Fully Autonomous Vehicles

\Chinese startup WeRide, backed by the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, has received the country’s first license to test fully autonomous vehicles on open urban roads, according to an insider 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

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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.

Featured EVENT

IDEALondon Future Mobility: 5G – Powering the UK’s Mobility Revolution 15th July: Join the IDEALondon Future Mobility event on 15th July as we explore 5G deployment in the UK, the latest trends, the impact and opportunities for the mobility sector. Join the conversation as we hear from an expert panel as we dive deeper on 5G rollout, the projects, testbeds, challenges & opportunities for mobility startups. Read More 

Upcoming Events

XX Spanish Congress ITS 14th July: This Event is about “Smart City” & “Smart Mobility”. Mobility has the inexcusable mission of starting that engine, get people moving, get them out of the house, take them to spend for  whim or necessity, always with caution these days, and reactivate the curve of activity, economic activity and the “blessed” collection of taxes to pay our pensions, social aid, officials and infrastructure. Read More

Africa-UK AgriFood Innovation Mission 2020 – Week 4 14th July: KTN and Innovate UK are pleased to launch stage two of the virtual missions in July and August as part of the GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme The virtual missions are the next stage in the delivery of the GCRF AgriFood Africa programme. Read More

IDEALondon Future Mobility: 5G – Powering the UK’s Mobility Revolution 15th July: Join the IDEALondon Future Mobility event on 15th July as we explore 5G deployment in the UK, the latest trends, the impact and opportunities for the mobility sector. Join the conversation as we hear from an expert panel as we dive deeper on 5G rollout, the projects, testbeds, challenges & opportunities for mobility startups. Read More 

Urban Links Africa: Online Application Support and Q&A Session 15th July: The Urban Links Africa team will be hosting sessions for applicants to access support and ask questions around their applications.By joining one of these sessions you will have the chance to ask your questions about the Urban Links Africa Open Call and hear from other applicants who may have similar questions to you. Read More

Plantech: a Singaporean Perspective 17th July: In this webinar Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will be sharing its work on Plantech in Singapore. At 9:30 they would welcome and introductions by Justin Kliger, Connected Places Catapult. Read More

The CertiCAV Safety Assurance Framework for CAVs: Consultation Workshop 21st July: This webinar will present the challenges of CAV safety assurance, and some of the solutions being developed on the CertiCAV project, which is being run by the Connected Places Catapult on behalf of the Department for Transport. Read More

Future Flight Fridays: Air Mobility of the Future 24th July: KTN’s new webinar series for any industry sector interested in the Future Flight Challenge. This session will explore developments around creating a future air mobility use case for passengers and goods. Read More

Automated Vehicles Symposium 27th July: HS2 is a state-of-the-art, high speed railway service critical for the UK’s low-carbon transport future. It will provide much-needed rail capacity across the country. We’re looking for five SMEs who we can work with to meet the challenges of providing a high tech, low-carbon high speed railway service for generations to come. Read More

More events can be found here

Funding Calls & Opportunities

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

Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 2: Securing the future of ZEV: UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million to research and develop technologies to help secure future zero emission vehicles innovation. Read More

EUREKA GlobalStars Singapore CRD – Round 2: UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative proposals with Singapore and other EUREKA participating members. Read More

Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy access – industrial research: Organisations can apply for a share of up to £20 million to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions for clean, affordable and secure energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia or South East Asia. Read More

Energy Catalyst round 8: clean energy – experimental development: The aim of this competition is to support highly innovative, market-focused energy solutions in any technology or sector. Your project must encourage the development of products and services that help countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, South East Asia or multiple regions access secure, low cost and low carbon energy. Read More

Catalysing Green Innovation: strand 1, advancing PEMD supply chain: In this strand, up to £5 million will be invested in business-led innovation projects that enable UK supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). Projects will facilitate future improvements in productivity, capacity, quality or efficiency. Read More

Young Innovators Awards 2020/21: We’re looking for young people who would benefit most from the Young Innovators Awards, including the financial support and tailored package of expert advice and access to innovation tools and connections on offer. The financial support and tailored coaching and mentoring will be provided directly to the successful applicants. Read More

UK Canada Quantum Technology Programme CR&D competition: The aim of this competition is to enable bilateral collaboration between UK and Canada. Your proposal must include at least one UK and one Canadian partner. In the UK collaborations must be led by a business, and in Canada by an RTO or university. Read More

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

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

West Midlands Combined Authority: Head of Business Development and Partnerships- Housing and Regeneration – The Housing & Regeneration team at WMCA are looking for a senior official to drive and accelerate the Housing and Land’s business and engagement programme across its full range of exciting and diverse delivery programmes and policy areas.  Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Senior Implementation Manager- Housing and Regeneration – The Housing & Regeneration team at WMCA are looking for a senior official to drive and accelerate the strategic implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Housing and Regeneration Directorate’s policy, investment and delivery programmes. These are highly diverse projects and programmes including brownfield regeneration delivery, strategic asset management, facilities management of WMCA owned buildings as they adapt to Covid19, town centre renewal, affordable housing and the creation of advanced manufactured homes. Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority: Strategic Delivery Advisor- Housing and Regeneration – We have an exciting opportunity for a Strategic Delivery Advisor to join the policy team of our Housing & Regeneration Directorate.  We are looking for a forward-thinking, creative individual who wants to operate at the forefront of our recovery planning. Apply

U-blox: Embedded Software Engineer – We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our growing software team at our offices in Cambourne. You will be responsible for designing and developing real-time embedded software in C++ for u-blox’s next generation wireless LTE and IOT products. As a valued member of the team, you’ll hit the ground running, immediately contributing to product development. 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

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

Coderus: Backend Software Developer – Looking for a fulfilling tech career? Think Coderus. Part of the Innovation Martlesham high-tech cluster of companies, we offer a startup culture in which to really grow your career. As part of an enthusiastic team, you’ll be directly involved in the development of commercial software products for our clients, including a high-end international media company, and also our own innovative projects. Apply

Transport for West Midlands: Regional Road Safety Manager – Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) plans, develops and manages an integrated transport system for the West Midlands that is reliable, affordable and accessible for all. It is the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority. A standard setter in the industry, our achievements are regularly recognized nationally, most importantly as the winner of ‘City Region Authority of the Year’ in 2016, 2017 and 2019 at the National Transport Awards. Apply

Connected Places Catapult: Data Science Team Lead – The Team Lead will work closely with our Head of Data Science and Software to manage and lead the data science team, who have diverse technical backgrounds and focuses. They will develop and grow the team’s capability and strength to deliver across our projects ranging from human-centric data strategy, with a ‘discovery’ focus through to applied advanced statistical modelling. Apply

Connected Places Catapult: Aviation Specialist – The CPC has an ambitious and extensive set of Milestones planned over the next 3 years which demonstrates our commitment to the Future Air Mobility sector. Plans to deploy Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly emerging and there is significant opportunity for innovation, and for the UK to develop leading capabilities. The CPC has an increasing portfolio of projects supporting growth in this sector, covering the technical challenges associated with deployment of UAVs at large. 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: 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

More jobs can be found here