Welcome to ICAV. See the latest news and opportunities in the emerging Driverless Vehicle sector.

 We are proud to say that our ICAV, 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

Germany wants to be the first to commercialize Autonomous Vehicles

According to the German transportation ministry, new legal framework should create the prerequisites in the current legislative period to allow for the standard operation of autonomous, driverless motorized vehicles on public roads. Read More

Telsa Plans to Release Fully Autonomous Cars By The End Of 2020

Tesla is apparently very close to achieving ‘level-five’ autonomy, which means that soon, there won’t be any driver interaction required to run the car. Elon Musk recently made this bold statement at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. Read More

Beep to deploy Local Motors’ 3D-printed AV shuttles

Local Motors and Florida-based AV startup Beep announced a strategic partnership that will enable the companies to more broadly deploy autonomous shuttles to the public. Local Motors’s “first and only digital vehicle manufacturer,” will provide Beep with its electric, 3D-printed Olli 2.0 shuttles for future deployments. Read More

Autonomous vehicles are key for intelligent transport systems and industrial automation

The main goal of ITS is to achieve a reduction in traffic and pedestrian fatalities, and enhance transport infrastructure systems, through the realization of autonomous driving. Read More

How NASA Built a Self-Driving Car for Its Next Mars Mission

Perseverance’s job is to collect and store geological samples so they can eventually be returned to Earth. Perseverance is significantly more autonomous than any of NASA’s previous four rovers and is designed to be what Philip Twu, a robotics system engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Read More

Virginia Tech researchers work to launch design of next underwater autonomous vehicle

Virginia Tech researchers partnered with a Boston-based company, Dive Technologies, to test an autonomous underwater vehicle. The goal is to design the next underwater autonomous vehicles, design that reduces drag and improves its efficiency.  Read More

Waymo and Fiat Chrysler Expand Their Autonomous Vehicle Partnership

Self-driving car company Waymo and Fiat Chrysler (FCA) have announced that they are expanding their autonomous vehicle partnership. The expansion will now include both commercial and consumer vehicles. Fiat will develop fully self-driving vehicles exclusively with Waymo going forward. Read More

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Featured Training Courses

Application Deadline- 3rd August.

School of Code offers a free 16 week online coding course open to applicants of all backgrounds. You don’t need to have any previous technical experience, or any qualifications. All you need is motivation. Purpose of the School of Code is to give everyone a route into technology, and teach them the skills they need to leap into the industry. Read More

Featured EVENTS

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


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

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

Smart Cities Opportunities in South Korea 27th July: This webinar will frame the objectives of the Innovate UK Future Cities Mission to South Korea and relay the key observations from the UK team. Innovate UK’s Global Expert Missions, led by Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future programmes. Read More

Innovation Matchmaking Ideation Event 27th- 30th July: Innovation Matchmaking is an online collaborative event running between the 27th-30th of July. It will facilitate collaborations between SMEs and independent participants to tackle Urban Links Africa Open Call challenges. It will consist of remote clinics, tutorials and consultations run by the Catapult. Read More

Women in Innovation: Building Success – Working Parents 27th July: Cutting ourselves some slack in 2020 & beyond: looking at being a working parent through a more compassionate lens. Being a working parent inevitably brings with it a constantly evolving, never-ending set of demands and expectations as parents work hard to accommodate the needs of two competing contexts. Read More 

£135M available for UK businesses to recover from COVID-19 29th July: Aimed at innovative companies with solutions to drive the UK’s COVID-19 recovery, there are two funding strands available. Get your application ready in time, connect with our experts for a free consultation. Read More 

Digital Business Meetup – Diversity and Inclusion 30th July: If you are an innovator looking for support to grow your business, join us for our online information and networking events. Our aim is to raise awareness amongst digital companies about funding and business support opportunities available to UK-based businesses and organisations across various sectors. Read More 

Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Research, Industry and Talent 1st August: Artificial Intelligence is an aspect of software engineering that emphasises the production of intelligent machines that work and respond like people. Artificial intelligence studies how the human brain thinks, learns, decides, and works while trying to solve problems, and then uses this to smarten its software and systems. Automation is going through a rapid change in recent years. Read More

Obtaining High Quality Data from Low-Cost Air Monitoring System 5th August: The Department for International Trade (DIT) in the East of England and Germany in collaboration with Cambridge Wireless, invite you to register your interest to virtually pitch your innovation to high-calibre German corporates. Read More

Intelligently react and predict behaviour – applications 6th August: Amazon Web Services Partner Green Custard has put together a series of webinars on the subject of IoT – with the focus not on technology but building a better business. These free sessions give you the knowledge needed to take the next step towards creating a smarter future for your company. Read More

More events can be found here

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

Funding Calls & Opportunities

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, industrial research: UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards an industrial research project in digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Read More

The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1: Organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million, including VAT, to help UK businesses and the public sector recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner. 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

Manufacturing made smarter: digital supply chain, feasibility studies: UK registered businesses can apply for funding towards feasibility studies into digital technologies to transform supply chains in UK manufacturing. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. 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

ATF: moving the UK automotive sector to zero emissions: UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £10 million for feasibility studies to support industrialisation of the UK’s high-value electrified automotive supply chain. 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

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

U-blox: Senior AWS Cloud Security Engineer – To strengthen the security of our customer facing cloud services, we’re looking for an accomplished Senior AWS Cloud Security Engineer, with demonstrated success in defining, implementing and maintaining security frameworks for complex deployment in the Amazon cloud. In this role you also will represent the u-blox Corporate Security Organization in the Services Product center, and collaborate with security experts from other Product Centers in the Product Security Horizontal Team. Apply

U-blox: Project Manager – This product integration and delivery role is in the Products Team and is part of the Program Office within the Products Team. This role is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary agile team to deliver products consisting of hardware and firmware into mass production against the agreed program and priorities. Apply

U-blox: Full-Stack QA Engineer – As part of our motivated and international TDS (Tools, Drivers and Sample Code) team you will help to develop a web-based desktop application that is used in combination with u-blox positioning products, such as GNSS receivers. As a QA engineer with a strong background in testing and a focus on quality, you will take the lead in improving and maintaining quality by helping to develop quality guidelines, drive the automatisation of testing, and doing manual testing this tool. Apply

U-blox: Software Engineer – As part of our motivated and international Tools, Drivers and Sample Code team you will design, implement, document and test parts of the tools, drivers and sample codes to be used in combination with u-blox positioning products, such as GNSS receivers, running on different operating systems (Windows, Linux and Android). 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

West Midlands Combined Authority: Team Support Officer- Productivity and Skills – The West Midlands has been one of the most promising regions in England with the fastest growing economy outside London; it has been seen as one of the best places to invest; with improved living standards, regional infrastructure was benefiting from huge investment;  a rapid expansion in house building; increasing numbers of apprenticeship starts; construction on HS2 ; and the Battery Industrialisation Centre launched in Coventry. Apply

West Midlands Combined Authority:  Back End Developer (1 Year FTC) – You will primarily develop systems and services to support the front-end development of wireframes and journeys supplied by UX/UI designers. This will mainly involve pulling in various data sources and converting them to APIs for use on the front-end of our website and services. Apply

University of Warwick: Client Relationship Director – Creating and managing the commercial framework of executive education customised programmes. Responsible for initiating & managing executive education business development opportunities from prospect to close and meeting annual business revenue targets. 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