Don Dhaniwal

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

Volkswagen ID Buzz

VW to start testing fleet of self-driving Argo AI-equipped ID Buzz vans within months

Volkswagen will begin testing its Argo AI-powered autonomous vehicle service in Germany within the next few months, with a view to launch an autonomous commercial delivery and ride-share service by 2025. The German manufacturer will use its own ID.Buzz vans fitted with technology from US-based start-up company Argo AI. Earlier this year, Argo and VW developed a prototype that used VW’s MEB electric vehicle architecture. Read More

Legislators Show Green Light to Russian AV Industry

The legislative work on the plan, initiated in mid-2020, was given a powerful boost early this year, the federal ministry of transportation stated in a press release back in March. The program “will set the regulatory conditions for inclusion of autonomous vehicles into the transportation system in the period from 2021 to 2024” in a way that “ensures safety of road users and compliance with the existing norms and rules”. Read More

Self-driving e-boats will sail on Amsterdam canals

Amsterdam didn’t have to look very far when searching for a way to ease traffic on its congested streets. The Dutch capital’s canals were used for transport long before cars and trucks powered by polluting internal combustion engines began clogging its narrow roads. The city’s waterways are to start hosting prototypes of futuristic boats – small, fully-autonomous electric vessels – to carry out tasks including transporting passengers and picking up garbage.  Read More

Alphabet’s Waymo partners with Google Maps to offer autonomous rides

Alphabet Inc’s self-driving unit Waymo said it had partnered with Google’s Maps to let users book fully autonomous ride-hailing services through the app. The service, called Waymo One, will be added in the “ride-sharing and transit” tabs of the Maps app, Waymo said.  Waymo, formed in 2009 as a project within Alphabet’s Google unit, is widely considered the leader in developing self-driving technology. Read More

Mobility , Cars on road

Germany Takes Aim at Driverless Tech Dominance

Germany is the first country in the world to legalize fully autonomous vehicles on public roads. The landmark legislation passed both the lower and upper chambers of Germany’s parliament last week with a comfortable majority. The legislation will allow Level 4 autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads in Germany without drivers behind the wheel and without obtaining special permits.  Read More

Aviva and Darwin partner for autonomous vehicles using O2 5G

The facility, Darwin SatCom Lab, was opened in Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, allowing companies to explore solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) using both 5G and satellite communication. Now, a new five-year partnership between Avival and Darwin innovation group will make use of these facilities to trial an autonomous shuttle. Read More

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Member Requests

Conigital are searching for beta testers and early adopters of our product suite. If you would like to be involved in our Driverless vehicle and MaaS trials. Please register your interest here 

Featured Events

June 8th, 2021 – Made Smarter – Innovation Network: Circular Economy. This event will explore the synergy between digital manufacturing and the notion of a more “circular economy” and make exciting connections across the various communities that will catalyse action- manufacturers, tech providers and circular economy experts. Register Here

June 9th, 2021 – Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the UK & Germany. This webinar will present the findings of the output report following the Expert Mission to Germany in December 2020. It will also inform participants of forthcoming AI opportunities in Horizon Europe, and offer plenty of time for networking. Register Here


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

Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D Briefing: June 7th, 2021 – The event will set out the scope of the competition and how to apply, ahead of the competition’s launch on. Hear from speakers from KTN & UKCPN, Innovate UK and WRAP, who will run through the background of the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, the Plastic Pact targets and more. There will also be an opportunity to put questions to the team. Register Here

Made Smarter – Innovation Network: Circular Economy: June 8th, 2021 – This event will explore the synergy between digital manufacturing and the notion of a more “circular economy” and make exciting connections across the various communities that will catalyse action- manufacturers, tech providers and circular economy experts. If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive, through the use of digital technologies, who wants to reach a manufacturing audience, then this event series will be of interest to you. Register Here

Grow your Immersive Technology company with Crowdfunding: June 8th, 2021 – During this session, we will be joined by Shaun Beaney from ICAEW, to provide an overview of the different types of crowdfunding and the benefits (and disadvantages) of working with the crowd to grow your company. This will be followed by Katherine Gilroy from Seedrs to bring to light how immersive technology companies have successfully used crowdfunding. Register Here

Demystifying US Export Control Regulations for Dual – Use Technologies: June 8th, 2021 – This webinar is for the UK research and business community working in dual-use technologies, products and services to gain a better understanding in US export control laws to help enable collaboration with the US. It will also present the findings of a report commissioned by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and produced by Holland & Knight. Register Here

Virtual Connections Café: Support and Networking Webinar: June 9th, 2021 – Connections Café is the series of SME innovation support webinars that explore developments and opportunities in the built environment and mobility sectors that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness. They offer support and guidance to growing businesses to help them bridge the gap between new innovations and commercial success. Register Here

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the UK & Germany: June 9th, 2021 – This webinar will present the findings of the output report following the Expert Mission to Germany in December 2020. It will also inform participants of forthcoming AI opportunities in Horizon Europe, and offer plenty of time for networking. Register Here

Engage with: NEMA: June 10th, 2021 – oin this webinar to hear more about how NEMA develops technology for blue chip aerospace companies, holding customer specific quality approvals including: Airbus UK, Heroux Devtek, BAE Systems, GE Aviation Systems, AIM Aviation, UTC Aerospace, Martin Baker, Hawker Beechcraft, & Leonardo and how NEMA has established partnerships with leading academic institutions in UK and European funded initiatives aimed at reducing aircraft emissions sees potential opportunities for collaboration within the PEMD community in the future. Register Here

Implementing an open access UTM for the UK: June 16th, 2021 – Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) will be required to unlock these benefits and provide safe and routine coordination of UAS as we move to increasingly automated and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations. This webinar will provide a brief history and what has been achieved and discuss the way forward for UTM in the UK. This will be followed by Q&A panel with key stakeholder from policy and regulation. Register Here

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

Young Innovators Awards 2021/22 – Young people can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality, which includes a grant for £5,000, a living allowance, and tailored business support. This competition is open to sole applicants only. The aim of this competition is to find a new group of young innovators that, with our help, can turn their great ideas into successful businesses. Read More

Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021 – Smart is Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused. All applicants are required to complete the EDI survey. Applicants are also prompted to consider EDI as part of the application process. Read More

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 2 – UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £6 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits. This new partnership brings new skills and the latest academic thinking into the business partner to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project. The knowledge base partner will recruit 1 or 2 graduates (known as ‘associates’) to work on the project. Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business partner. Read More

Innovation in time dissemination and application – UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business-led innovation in resilient time, frequency and synchronisation. This funding is from the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF). Your proposal must deliver a feasibility study for an innovative development and demonstrate a route to market. This is the first of two associated competitions funded from the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) as part of the National Timing Centre programme, led by NPL. Read More

Driving the Electric Revolution: Supply Chains for Net Zero – UK registered businesses of any size can apply for a share of up to £22 million for innovation projects focused on supply chain development for power electronics, electric machines and drives. The aim of this competition is to facilitate the UK’s niche and volume supply chain and manufacturing capability growth in power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD). Read More

IETF energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies, Spring 2021- Organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation technologies for industrial processes. This competition is open to single applicants and collaborations. Read More

IETF deployment of energy efficiency technologies, Spring 2021-  This competition aims to support the commercial roll out and permanent installation of technologies at industrial sites. This is the second round of the IETF Phase 1 competition. In this strand you must be an industrial business of any size to apply. You can apply on your own or in collaboration with other organisations. Your project must take place at a manufacturing site or data centre in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and be led by the operator of that site. Read More

More funding can be found here

Featured Jobs


Catapult: Accelerator Programme Manager – The successful candidate will manage the day-to-day running of demanding accelerator programmes to ensure they run smoothly, working closely with the Acceleration Programme Lead. You’ll also play a key role in identifying the next generation of start-ups and adding quality mentors, coaches and partners to Catapult network. Apply

WMCA: Circular Economy and Green Economy Project and Delivery Officer – WMCA is looking for Circular Economy and Green Economy Project and Delivery Officer to lead on projects and initiatives that will emerge from the  Circular Economy Routemap, and to work with colleagues across the region to drive green manufacturing and industrial decarbonisation. Working with stakeholders, you will also develop new opportunities for projects, policy and research. Apply

WMCA: Commercial Energy Delivery Manager – WMCA is looking for a Commercial Energy Delivery Manager to help us to secure carbon savings from the decarbonisation of commercial premises across the West Midlands as set out in the #WM2041 Five Year Plan. This role will be based within the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Energy Capital Team – the team tasked with delivering the Regional Energy Strategy and securing the powers and resources necessary to deliver it effectively – and will work across directorates and departments to deliver the net zero transition.  Apply

KTN: Events Manager – Purpose of the role includes understanding the needs of the client, the audience and KTN, the Event Manager will use their experience and creativity in designing and producing event experiences to deliver effective and impactful campaigns that target diverse audiences. This role will ensure that at each touchpoint with each client, audience or partner, KTN is contributing towards the creation of a network of innovators so powerful, its ideas will change the world. Apply

KTN: Project Manager – Strategic Portfolio Office – The Strategic Portfolio Office supports KTN in achieving our strategic aims by implementing project and programme management expertise, tools and processes that will enable cross KTN working, harmonisation of approach and maximisation of project benefits. The role will suit an individual who enjoys delivering a varied portfolio of projects, often being deployed at short notice to provide the necessary expertise to shape, drive and deliver projects. Apply

Catapult: Project Management Office Coordinator –  Catapult looking for an energetic Project Management Office (PMO) Coordinator with great communication skills to join the PMO team. The role will support the Project Management team and wider Catapult in the delivery of the project portfolio by carrying out a range of PMO functions. You will work with a wide variety of stakeholders and the role will involve collaboration with colleagues in all areas of the Catapult to collate, integrate and output a wide variety of project data. Apply

ICAV Cluster: Motion Planning Engineer (Autonomous Driving) –  As a Motion Planning Engineer, you will be responsible for the development of environment modeling, motion planning, and behavioral prediction algorithms, and software that enables an autonomous vehicle to interact with its environment. You will have the chance to work with expert team & implementing these algorithms on high tech hardware that will allow you to explore algorithms that were traditionally too costly on edge computing systems. Apply

Conigital: Full-Stack Developer – Reporting to the 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. You will support technical review and have a passion to design, develop and implement quality software solutions to be deployed at scale. Apply

More jobs can be found here

Top Jobs

Coventry University: Ph.D. Research Scholar: Multi-Objective Optimisation in Transport Sytem – This PhD research aims to develop a new multi-objective optimisation framework supporting complex transport operations, with a focus on responsive optimisation for multi-modal MaaS based solutions that include demand-responsive transport. The framework will evolve from Conigital’s existing meta-heuristic algorithm currently applied to the ConOP™ asset management platform. The research investigates the current and expected future MaaS parameters that will affect the efficiency of MaaS operations. Apply

Coventry University: Ph.D. Research Scholar: Secure Automotive OTA for Safety-critical Components – This PhD project is in collaboration with Conigital, who have embarked on a mission to disrupt the transport industry through a vision of greener, more efficient mobility for all. This PhD project aims to develop and demonstrate a secure-by-design methodology for an OTA deployment using a prototyped system. It investigates the current state-of-the-art in design flaws and secure design practices for industry-adopted automotive OTA systems. Apply

Catapult: HRIS Integration Developer – Connected Places Catapult are looking to enhance the way that employee data flows through departments across the business by taking a holistic view of all the journeys and touchpoints; from onboarding to offboarding. To support that implementation, CPC requires a HRIS Integration Developer, who will be responsible for designing and building integrations between HRIS, IT, and other systems. Apply

WMCA: Community Green Grants Project Officer – WMCA is looking for an organised and driven person to set up, manage and monitor a new Community Green Grants scheme within WMCA’s growing Environment Team. You will manage the delivery of the Community Green Grants scheme, ensuring the application, assessment and award process is clear, fair and transparent to communities across the region. This will involve finalising the details of the Community Green Grants scheme, ensuring it meets all stakeholder and potential recipient requirements. Apply 

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Online Safety Technologies – The purpose of the role is the account managing the partners at DCMS and acting as the lead deliverer on the Safety Tech Innovation network activity for KTN working closely with the wider network delivery team at Nominet, and Innovate UK and other key stakeholders, day to day management and co-ordination of the web development contract and marketing and comms contract with external consultants. Apply 

Conigital : ROS Developer –  Conigital is looking for a ROS Developer to support ongoing development. Reporting to the AV Team Lead, the data scientist will be working within a successful and motivated team. As a specialist in ROS one will have to devote her/his expertise to leverage the current development in the field of Autonomous Vehicle (AV) development. You should be experienced in Robotic Operating System (ROS), ROS1 & ROS2, various sensors, navigation, control system, and robot programming. Expertise in sensor integration, sensor data acquisition, sensor data synchronisation and sensor data processing for modular integration is required.  Apply 

ICAV Cluster: Data Scientist [AI and Optimisation Specialist] –  ICAV Cluster is looking for an AI and Optimisation Specialist, You will be working on Multi-objective Optimization projects in the transport and energy sectors using Metaheuristic Algorithms. You will be working with our technical lead deploying and integrating our propriety EAs algorithms to explore a variety of datasets to drive greater value and business insight supporting near Realtime decision making in dynamic situations. 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