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

Baidu and BAIC Group Collaborate to Launch Apollo Moon Robotaxis

Baidu, partnering with BAIC Group’s EV brand ARCFOX to jointly release Apollo Moon, a new generation of robotaxis that are set to be mass-produced. Remarkably only one third of the cost of average L4 autonomous vehicles, Apollo Moon is a monumental milestone in the large-scale commercialization of fully autonomous ride-hailing services in the smart transportation industry. Read More

Hyundai Motor chief tests self-driving Ioniq 5 EV during US visit

Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Euisun has visited an autonomous vehicle joint venture in the United States and tested a vehicle under development as the South Korean automaking giant explores new business opportunities in future mobility solutions. The chairman made his first visit to Motional since Hyundai Motor and US mobility startup Aptiv formed a $4 billion joint venture in March 2020. Read More

FedEx to test Nuro’s robot cars for package delivery

FedEx says it will test package deliveries using autonomous vehicles under a new multi-year partnership with Nuro, a leading self-driving startup. The explosion of e-commerce has accelerated demand for reliable, autonomous transportation throughout the supply chain, FedEx says. With Nuro, it will explore different uses for AVs, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries. Read More

Self-driving truck firm TuSimple opens new facility at AllianceTexas

Autonomous trucking firm TuSimple has opened a new facility in the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone that it says will help it meet the “growing demand of shippers” that want to add reliable, autonomous trucking logistics to their operations. The San Diego-based company was valued at $8.5 billion after a recent initial public offering that raised $1 billion in capital. Read More

Panasonic industry and Sensible 4 collaborate to research new autonomous driving sensor 

Eager to take self-driving reliability and accuracy to the next level, Sensible 4 and Panasonic Industry Europe now announced a joint test project levering the synergies between Sensible 4’s proven self-driving software and the benefits of Panasonic Industry’s unrivalled IMU. Specialists of both companies shortly will kick off an extensive evaluation period with plenty of tests and analyses. Read More

China’s Amazon for Autonomous Driving Data

Thanks to e-commerce, the world has gotten used to buying all sorts of daily necessities online. Automakers in China will soon be afforded the same convenience, with the ability to purchase must-have autonomous driving data from a central repository. For that, credit must go the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, which has been working on a Vehicle Data Platform with industry players for the past three years. Its launch is expected any day. Read More

Self-driving trucks startup Kodiak Robotics snags investment, partnership from Bridgestone

Tire-making giant Bridgestone has taken a minority stake in Kodiak Robotics, the Silicon Valley-based startup developing autonomous trucks, as part of a broader partnership to test and develop smart tire technology. While the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Kodiak Robotics co-founder and CEO Don Burnette told TechCrunch that this is a direct financial investment. 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 22th, 2021 – Green Finance Workshop. This is your opportunity to inform future funding for Green Finance. This activity will play a vital role in contributing to a more sustainable planet. To drive this change, we need the support of financial institutions, businesses and academia to shape the future of the sector. Register Here

June 24th, 2021 – UK- Canada Trade Summit – Zero-Emission Vehicles. Automotive, supply chain and tech companies are invited to join this event to  learn more ZEV business opportunities across both nations. From battery manufacturing, to vehicle assembly &technology integration, this event will focus on enhancing trade, investment, business opportunities, visibility, and networking opportunities for UK and Canadian companies. 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

Green Finance Workshop: June 22th, 2021 – This is your opportunity to inform future funding for Green Finance. This activity will play a vital role in contributing to a more sustainable planet. To drive this change, we need the support of financial institutions, businesses and academia to shape the future of the sector. Register Here

Made Smarter – Innovation Network: Servitisation: June 22th, 2021 – If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive through the use of digital technologies, or a digital technology solution provider or developer who wants to reach a manufacturing audience, then this event series will be of interest to you. Digital technology solution providers and developers engaged in the series will have early access to express their interest in taking a stand at Innovation Alley, within The Manufacturers inaugural exhibition Smart Factory Expo at Digital Manufacturing Week. Register Here

Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey: June 23th, 2021 – This series will be focusing on stories of those who have successfully navigated the challenging journey from design to manufacture. This series will help you meet different individuals from across the wider landscape who can help you on your journey from design to manufacture. Register Here

Photonics for: Water: June 24th, 2021 – The series is aimed at companies and researchers developing photonics technology, and at end-users looking to solve challenges and to produce innovative products and services. This event will consider the application of photonics across the water industry and will provide an overview of collaboration and funding opportunities in the sector.  Register Here

UK-Canada Trade Summit – Zero-Emission Vehicles: June 24th, 2021 – Automotive, supply chain and tech companies are invited to join us to learn more ZEV business opportunities across both nations. From battery manufacturing, to vehicle assembly &technology integration, this event will focus on enhancing trade, investment, business opportunities, visibility, and networking opportunities for UK and Canadian companies. Register Here

Future Flight Café: Wind farm inspection using drone swarms: June 25th, 2021 – Join this webinar to hear from the consortia behind the ‘Dr-SUIT’ project. The team is developing an integrated communication system to enable single pilot, multiple drone inspection of off-shore wind farms. Register Here

Driving productivity using drones in the Housing Sector: June 29th, 2021 – The objective of this webinar is to help understand the impact of drones to deliver cost savings, drive productivity, enhance the data available on building assets and improve services to tenants and leaseholders. The webinar will benefit organisations that are looking to increase efficiency and safety through using drones and new methods of working towards preventative rather than reactive maintenance and delivery of Net Zero. 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

Needlestick and puncture resistant glovebox gauntlets – The KTN Innovation Exchange (iX) is seeking innovative approaches to needlestick and puncture resistant materials, for use in glovebox gauntlets in nuclear decommissioning.  The winning business(es) in this competition will be given an opportunity to present their solutions to Sellafield, with the potential of a commercial opportunity to deliver their solution. 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

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


Coventry University: Ph.D. Research Scholar: Multi-Objective Optimisation in Transport System – 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

WMCA: Management Information Analyst – WMCA is looking for a Management Information Analyst to develop, implement and maintain management information systems to track progress and evidence outcomes of a range of skills and productivity programmes of work including the Adult Education Budget (AEB). This will involve working closely with a broad range of partners to gather appropriate data, provide analysis, track activity and monitor progress of such programmes. Apply

Plextek: Project Manager – Plextek is looking to expand team of experienced project managers. You would play a pivotal role across the whole range of development activities undertaken by Plextek. You will be highly customer-facing, working with the sales team to sell our projects, and acting as principal client contact during project delivery. You will be managing diverse, highly technical, multidisciplinary project teams. Depending on the size of the projects, you may be managing multiple projects at any one time. Apply

WMCA: Commonwealth Games Workforce Manager – As a Workforce Manager, you will design and deliver an operational workforce resource plan, to ensure diverse resource requirements are in place for operational/Games delivery. This will include the deployment of internal employees, contractors and volunteers for the RaSTO team. In liaison with the Resourcing Partner, you will oversee the recruitment and selection activity, on-boarding and induction training of Games time staff with RaSTO alongside WMCA HR colleagues. Apply

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Automated Mobility – The post involves working with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), government departments, industry groups and across academia to deliver innovation programmes and help businesses to access relevant funding competitions and catalyse new business partnerships. The aim of the Transport Team is to support the UK’s transport innovation agenda. The post holder will also be required to support related projects across KTN (e.g. Position, Navigation and Timing). Apply

WMCA: Natural Capital Programme Manager – As Natural Capital Programme Manager, you will lead the region’s approach to enhancing and maximising the value of natural capital including the delivery of strategic projects, including the Community Green Grants scheme, the West Midlands National Park and the Virtual Forest. You will also coordinate our work with national and regional stakeholders, including local authorities, central government, businesses and environmental NGOs to widen access of communities to high quality green space. Apply

WMCA: SMART Hub Lead –  You’ll be responsible for securing retrofit funding from national sources into the West Midlands, working in partnership with all West Midlands Local Authorities and the Midlands Energy Hub, and develop the business case for long term domestic retrofit investment, building on existing evidence and stimulating innovation where it is needed to address market challenges. 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

More jobs can be found here

Top Jobs

Catapult: Senior Graphic Designer – Catapult is currently seeking to appoint an experienced hands-on Senior Graphic Designer from a B2B or B2G background to join our close-knit and fast-paced marketing team. The successful candidate will be confident in leading the visual strategy of marketing, web, print, video, animation, brochure/report work and virtual/live events. You will be a naturally ambitious and driven team player who will serve as a mentor to the other team creatives and external resource. Apply 

WMCA: Senior Service Designer – As Senior Service Designer, you will undertake service design to deliver the best possible experience for internal and external users. You will manage a user researcher – helping to grow their skills and excel in creating evidence-based design. You will help to set the direction, embedding good practice and fostering a collaborative, healthy, happy and creative environment.You will advocate for users and ensure the digital product meets accessibility regulations. Apply 

WMCA: Project Sponsor – As Project Sponsor you will support the development and implementation of rail projects across the West Midlands Rail programme. You’ll be responsible for establishing and maintaining effective relationships, internally and externally, to manage the interests and requirements of the WMCA, partners across the rail industry, and other stakeholders, and champion our projects through presentations, briefings, and public engagement. effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Apply 

University of Warwick: Devops Engineer / Systems Administrator – This is an interesting and diverse role that would suit an ambitious SysAdmin who is keen to further their skills across a wide range of technologies. You should have experience administering the majority of technologies within the current architecture, or near equivalents namely: Centos 7/8; vSphere 6.5/6.7; HP SAN; Puppet; Ansible; Dynamic websites using Apache & Java; Relational Databases such as PostgreSQL, MariaDB; Mongodb; Solr; GIT; and AWS. 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