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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


BMW Want To Replace The Steering Wheel With Joysticks

Autonomous vehicles are coming sooner or later. It’s just a matter of when the technological and legal aspects of the idea are ready for public use. However, even autonomous vehicles will need some sort of human intervention at some point, whether it be to park in an unmarked spot or to move off designated roads. Read More

Autonomous Truck

More Autonomous Semi-Trucks Hitting North Texas Roads

They don’t get distracted and they don’t get tired behind the wheel – that’s the idea behind autonomous semi-trucks. Aurora, the latest tech company to announce it is testing autonomous vehicles in North Texas, said it will first launch with a fleet of minivans to test commercial routes. Read More

Singapore overtakes Netherlands in autonomous vehicle revolution

The index explores the preparedness of 30 countries and jurisdictions in the race for AV. The pandemic has led to several AV trials being suspended, significant progress has been made on the extensive work needed to allow AV to operate safely. Read More

Open Access UTM

Research project to open pathway to commercial drone operations in the UK

A ground-breaking new project announced today will build and then demonstrate how Open-Access UTM capability can support drone operations below 400ft. The Connected Places Catapult is bringing together a global consortium to develop an Open-Access UTM framework for drones. Read More


Mining Companies Move 3 Billion-plus Metric Tons with Autonomous Trucks

More than 3 billion metric tons of materials have been hauled leveraging Komatsu’s FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System. Working closely with its customers, Komatsu teams developed the first commercially available autonomous haulage system to help mines move material more efficiently. Read More

Study at University

Pitt receives federal grant to study how autonomous vehicle industry serves people with disabilities

University of Pittsburgh will spearhead a national study about the accessibility of autonomous transportation for people with disabilities after receiving a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read More

Autonomous Vehicle

Testing Begins for Autonomous Electric Shuttle in Merrifield 

“Relay,” a new autonomous electric shuttle, made its first test run throughout Merrifield’s Mosaic District yesterday. Relay is a free, driverless transportation option that will take people from the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro Station to the Mosaic District. Read More

Self Driving Cars

Self-driving firm testing in Dallas-Fort Worth area

Aurora, the high-tech autonomous vehicle company founded by the former lead engineer for Google’s self-driving project, is coming to Texas. No, the company isn’t moving here, but it will be testing and development to the state. Read More

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Featured EVENT

ITE 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibit 9th August: 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 


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

Data Science Fellowship Webinar 4th August: In this webinar Connected Places Catapult will be sharing and discussing how the Data Science Fellowship partnerships with Local Authorities has helped provide a path to better use of data to help solve city challenges. Read More

Obtaining High Quality Data from Low-Cost Air Monitoring System 5th August: To support innovation development, KTN is organising two webinars on air quality sensing themes to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborations. Obtaining high-quality data from current low-cost AQM systems is a key issue in the field application of such systems. Read More

New Technologies, New Opportunities: Introducing IoT 6th August: The Internet of Things (IoT) covers a broad range of approaches to source data from low-cost and low-power sensors from any number of remote systems and devices, connected to the Internet typically over a wireless connection. This session will look at a number of real-world examples of IoT deployment and usage, and examine the maturity of IoT and consider the opportunities and challenges for deploying IoT.  Read More

Intelligently react and predict behaviour – applications 6th August: Now, more than ever, organisations are looking for solutions which reduce costs and energy use, deliver new revenue streams, and help meet sustainability targets. With this in mind, 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. Read More

ITE 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibit 9th August: 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 

Women in Tech 15th August: BEC has partnered with Natalia Nicholson to create Women in Tech Mastermind Group to inspire and advice women on how they can thrive tech in the tech industry as a professional or as an entrepreneur. This monthly event is where technical skills meets soft skills to really stay ahead in the information age. Read More

The New and Emerging Technologies : 5G Technology 19th August: With the current advancements in data storage and electronics, the world is witnessing technological advancements faster than ever. With the 2017-2020 Digital Transformation Strategy, most advanced technologies like 5G and IoT are currently implemented in every daily activity you perform, from AI-powered Facial Recognition software in your phone to the fastest networks. Read More

New Technologies, New Opportunities: Introducing Digital Twins 3rd September: A Digital Twin is a virtual replica of any real world entity, which allows humans and computing systems to interact with it via the data it generates and receives. As an example, Digital Twin approaches are improving the design and manufacture processes of complex products such as aircraft and jet engines. Read More

Insight into Automotive Manufacturer’s CAV & EV Strategy 15th September: This networking event is being run by Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) in partnership with the University of Salford, Enterprise Ireland, and a number of companies in the NAA network. The event is focussed around providing insight into the strategy of Automotive Manufacturer’s for Electric Vehicle (EV) and Connected & Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) adoption. 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

IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies in industry: Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants for energy efficiency projects that reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions. 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: Software Test Engineer (GNSS/INS Navigation) – As the Software Test Engineer you are part of our international team of specialized software engineers developing u-blox’s cutting edge Inertial Navigation System (INS) technology. In this role you are responsible for developing and testing the GNSS/INS navigation engine – the heart of u-blox’ Dead Reckoning products. Apply

Catapult Connected Places: IT Systems Trainer – You will be responsible for providing specialist IT training across the Microsoft 365 suite, including Office 365, Teams and SharePoint as well as other key systems. Plan and co-ordinate activities and deliverables involved in the design and delivery of training as part of an overall training strategy. Apply

Catapult Connected Places: Legal & Commercial Manager – Providing general commercial legal advice to the business across areas such as contract law, state aid, intellectual property ownership and licensing, commercial leases, employment law and procurement regulations.Drafting, negotiating and advising upon a wide range of commercial contracts, research agreements and strategic partnerships. Apply

Catapult Connected Places: Business Performance Manager – The Business Performance Manager will be responsible for analysing data produced across the business, deriving insights and recommendations for the Corporate Management Team (CMT), Board and leaders across Connected Places Catapult (CPC). The role holder will love working with data and bring a structured approach to deriving insights from all disciplines across the business. 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

U-blox: Software Engineer for GNSS Reliability – As a Software Engineer for GNSS Integrity at u-blox you are responsible for the reliability of u-blox’s cutting edge navigation devices. With your experience and profound knowledge in the integrity domain you are familiar with state of the art integrity concepts, their theoretical background, advantages and drawbacks. Apply

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

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