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

Ford and Hermes trial self-driving delivery vans in the UK

UK delivery company Hermes will be testing out a customised Ford (F) van that appears to be driverless, to see how these can benefit its operations. The partnership is part of Ford’s new Self-Driving Vehicle Research Programme designed for businesses in Europe. “Doorstep deliveries are more a part of our lives than ever before – but the way we receive those parcels could be undergoing a change,” said Ford. Read More

Xiaomi speeds expansion in autonomous driving

Xiaomi Corp, which is investing US$10 billion over 10 years in autonomous driving and car manufacture, is speeding up business expansion with patent applications, aggressive recruitment and investment. It has applied for 446 smart driving related patents globally, covering wireless communication, autonomous driving, vehicle control, Internet of Vehicles and gesture control.  Read More

Australian trial of Toyota Lexus self-driving cars coming to Melbourne

The no-hands commute is edging closer to reality as Australian trials investigate ways of making cars talk to each other, as well as buses, trams and traffic signs. An Australian-first trial of connected vehicles will establish a virtual warning system across public transport, emergency vehicles, infrastructure and specially modified Lexus luxury cars in Melbourne’s Carlton next month. Read More

Tesla’s ‘Dojo’ supercomputer will train its vision-centric autonomous tech

Tesla has gone all-in on vision-only autonomous driving, to the point of even phasing out radar sensors in some of its EVs. Tesla  senior director of AI Andrej Karpathy has explained how it’s planning to do this by using an in-house supercomputer called “Dojo,” as TechCrunch has reported. Karparthy explained that with vision-only tech, computers must respond to new environments with the same speed and acuity as a human. Read More

Seamless cross-border 5G connectivity achieved in autonomous cars

Swedish luxury automobile manufacturer Volvo Cars and leading ICT provider Ericsson have taken an important step towards achieving seamless cross-border 5G connectivity in vehicles. Partners in the EU-backed 5GCroCo project, the two companies successfully tested the handover of connected cars between two national mobile 5G networks. Read More

Amazon ordered 1,000 self-driving truck systems from new startup

Amazon is hoping that driver-less autonomous trucks will someday power its vast delivery network. According to Bloomberg, the company has placed an order for 1,000 autonomous driving systems from Plus, a startup founded in 2016 to disrupt the long-haul trucking industry with self-driving technology. It’s no secret that Amazon is building its own logistics network to rival the likes of UPS and FedEx. 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 29th, 2021 – Made Smarter: Flexible Manufacturing. If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive, efficient, competitive, resilient through the use of digital technologies, an integrator 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. Register Here

July 1st, 2021 – UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UK CCIC) Launch. This event will bring together a broad spectrum of high-level stakeholders with a stake in net zero from government, international organisations, the investment community, business, and NGOs to officially launch the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UK CCIC) and present early-stage findings of ‘The Estimated Net Zero Investment Need for the UK’s Cities.’ 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

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 manage housing assets including Housing Providers, ALMOs, and other organisations that are looking to increase efficiency and safety through using drones. Register Here

Made Smarter: Flexible Manufacturing: June 29th, 2021 – If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive through the use of digital technologies, 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

SME Masterclass: Rebalancing the Supply Chain in COVID Recovery: June 29th, 2021 – Join this event as we look at how small businesses can harness COVID Recovery Trends and rebalance the supply chain. Attendees will not only hear from our expert speakers, but will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive workshop where you will be asked to assess current vulnerabilities in your existing supply chains and identify areas for optimisation and resilience. Register Here

The Future of UK Manufacturing and Supply Chain Infrastructure: June 30th, 2021 – This event will provide an opportunity to learn about best practice, share knowledge and provide an opportunity to coordinate new activities and initiatives to deliver digital/5G manufacturing across all regions in the UK and to showcase innovative solutions already being deployed and spark new ideas and opportunities for collaborations. Register Here

UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UK CCIC) Launch: July 1st, 2021 – This event will bring together a broad spectrum of high-level stakeholders with a stake in net zero from government, international organisations, the investment community, business, academia, media, and NGOs to officially launch the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UK CCIC). Register Here

Highways England Innovation Showcase: Digital Roads and Air Quality: July 7th, 2021 – You’ll hear from the projects and their sponsors at Highways England; all have completed or are near completion and were successful in an SBRI competition. If you are interested in any of the Design, Construction and Maintenance, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility, Energy and Environment, Operations and Air Quality technical areas, are a potential developer, customer or investor or if you are involved with a Local Authority, join this showcase event. Register Here

Unleashing Innovation: Net Zero Innovation Portfolio: July 8th, 2021 – This Unleashing Innovation event will include a keynote by the Minister of State for Clean Growth Anne Marie-Trevelyan and feature a panel discussion with Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser. The discussion will also be an opportunity for audience members to participate in a Q&A. 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

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D – Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £7 million from the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Programme in innovation projects. These projects must have the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastics Pact targets in the long term, and address widely known problems related to plastic packaging for consumer products. Read More

SBRI Competition – Fusion Industry Challenges – This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The aim of the competition is to develop solutions to fusion energy challenges in two key priority areas. This competition has two themes: Accelerating fusion power plant design with next-generation digital tools and Reducing fusion power plant fuel requirements with advanced production and handling technology for hydrogen isotopes. Read More

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

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


WMCA: Programme Assurance Specialist – As Programme Assurance Specialist, you will provide professional programme assurance to the West Midlands Combined Authority and its directorates. You’ll have specific responsibility for the development and delivery of an integrated Programme Assurance Plan and ongoing advice and guidance to project leads, to assist with the successful development and delivery of investment projects in accordance with WMCA’s Single Assurance Framework (SAF). Apply

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – AgriFood – Livestock & Aquaculture – KTN is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join in driving innovation within the AgriFood sector, with a particular emphasis on supporting those companies working in livestock and aquaculture. The role will facilitate business growth and help promote and drive knowledge transfer between the science and technology base and industry, promoting networking and accelerating innovation relevant to AgriFood businesses. You will help catalyse the development of new technology enabled products. Apply

WMCA: Senior Front-End Developer – As Senior Front-End Developer, you will manage front-end developers – helping to grow their skills and excel in user centric development. You will help to set the direction, fostering a collaborative,and creative environment. You will advocate for users and ensure the digital product meets accessibility regulations. You will also be the technical point of contact for stakeholders – asking the difficult questions to make things better. Apply

Catapult: Bid Manager – The Bid Team’s primary focus is to manage the submission of bids and proposals in line with the organisation’s strategic priorities. This specific vacancy will largely focus on Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) bids but the postholder will additionally be expected to lead commercial bids. All of the projects Connected Places Catapult undertakes are expected to deliver impact to the UK economy through the creation of jobs and/or increased revenues to UK PLC. Apply

WMCA: Senior Service Designer –  You will advocate for users and ensure the digital product meets accessibility regulations. You will also be the point of contact for stakeholders – asking the difficult questions to make things better. Utilising service design tools and methods, looking at the end-to-end and front-to-back of services, you will help to transform areas of the organisation by reconnecting them with their users. 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

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

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: Innovation Business Analyst – Catapult is seeking a Business Analyst to join Modelling & Appraisal Team. The role will provide high-quality data analysis, qualitative research, reporting, commercial and business intelligence on new technologies across a number of domains, including mobility and the built environment. This will include building an understanding of market dynamics and producing actionable exploitation plans to guide the commercialisation of new technological and service developments, whilst also measuring the market impact. Apply 

KTN: Legal and Contracts Manager – KTN has an ambitious strategy for quality delivery and commercial growth and the Legal and Contracts Manager will have an integral role in achieving this. You will be responsible for supporting KTN as a business to achieve high conversion of bids to contracts, to deliver against contractual commitments and to develop an increasingly broad and strong capability to develop successful new external partnerships. Apply 

University of Warwick: Core Technician – The Department of Chemistry is looking to appoint a Core Technician to join a team of technicians and technical assistants working in the teaching laboratories. Although on a day-to-day basis the postholder will be responsible for a specific area in the teaching laboratories, these are varied roles which may require working across the research and teaching teams, to support the provision of a safe working environment. Apply 

WMCA: Socio-Economic Researcher – As Socio-Economic Researcher you will join Midlands Connect (based at Baskerville House in Centenary Square in Birmingham) and have an important part to play in the continued development and enhancement of the Midlands Connect Strategy and its constituent parts. Reporting to the Lead Economist, you will manage a programme to develop the evidence base that informs the strategic direction of Midlands Connect and contribute to deepening understanding of the social, environmental and economic impacts of potential investment opportunities. 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