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

Flying car completes test flight between airports

A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia. The hybrid car-aircraft, AirCar, is equipped with a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel. Its creator, Prof Stefan Klein, said it could fly about 1,000km (600 miles), at a height of 8,200ft (2,500m), and had clocked up 40 hours in the air so far. It takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from car into aircraft. Read More

Vodafone and AWS technology tie-up delivers ‘autonomous’ boost for Aurrigo

The autonomous vehicle specialist has been powering its three Auto-Shuttles – used in the recent trials on roads in Cambridge – with AWS Wavelength and Distributed Edge Computing from Vodafone, which together delivers ultra-low latency and expansive bandwidth that guarantees excellent levels of performance and cyber resilience as the data is not exposed to the public internet. Read More

Shenzhen pushes forward legislation on autonomous vehicles

The city’s legislative body conducted a second review Monday of draft rules on the administration of intelligent connected vehicles. Currently, new vehicles need to be included on a list of manufacturers and products released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and must meet certain national standards before they are allowed to hit the road. Read More

Sense Photonics launches new platform for autonomous vehicle adoption

The company, which has offices in San Francisco, Durham, and Edinburgh, as well as other cities across the globe, shared in a statement that its automotive Lidar platform is now available.  The platform relies on patented technology, including a VCSEL laser emitter and SPAD receiver technologies, resulting in delivering a rich data point cloud with high points per second, that the company said is the richest of any automotive Lidar system. Read More

Volvo confirms next-gen XC90 Electric with Lidar technology

The Swedish automaker announces in a press release that the upcoming next-generation electric Volvo XC90 will arrive with state-of-the-art sensors and LiDAR technology. While not mentioned, the next XC90 could continue with the Recharge nomenclature, in line with the other all-electric models, the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge. The LiDAR safety and convenience tech,was developed with Luminar. Read More

Citymesh acquires Sigfox IoT network operator to offer services ‘from 0G to 5G’

Belgian telecoms operator Citymesh has acquired local Sigfox IoT network operator ENGIE M2M to enable it to offer services all the way “from 0G to 5G”. Sigfox is a 0G network ideally suited for IoT deployments because of its ultra-low power consumption and long-range. In Belgium alone, the Sigfox network connects over 250,000 devices. Citymesh has both a 4G and 5G license in Belgium and specialises in large-scale wireless networks. Read More

Foton Motor in early stage of cooperation with Huawei on autonomous driving business

Foton Motor recently revealed  that it is carrying out preliminary cooperation with Huawei for autonomous driving business. Meanwhile, both parties are discussing technologies related to smart cockpit, Ethernet, and radar as part of preparations for seeking collaboration projects in the future. Foton Motor and Huawei entered into a strategic partnership to co-work on a host of businesses. 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

July 7th, 2021 – Highways England Innovation Showcase. 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, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility, Energy and Environment and Air Quality technical areas or investor or if you are involved with a Local Authority, join this showcase event. Register Here

July 8th, 2021 – Unleashing Innovation: Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. his 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


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

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

Engage with: Magnomatics: July 8th, 2021 – Magnomatics’ compact and efficient magnetic gears and drive train technologies in a broad range of applications and industries. Magnomatics will discuss some of the projects they are currently working on where diverse supply chains and partners are involved or sought. All with the aim for companies and organisations to seize the economic opportunities from the global transition to clean technologies and electrification. Register Here

Future Flight Café: UK’s first remote low-carbon aviation test centre: July 9th, 2021 – Join this event to hear from the SATE (Sustainable Aviation Test Environment) project which will create the UK’s first remote low-carbon aviation test centre at Kirkwall Airport in the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The team is keen to hear from potential partners across a range of sectors who are keen to be involved in this exciting project. Register Here

TRIG: Zero Emission Flight Application Support & Information: July 12th, 2021 – The Connected Places Catapult is delivering the Department for Transport’s (DfT) 2021 Transport Research and Innovation Grants: Zero Emission Flight (TRIG: ZEF) Programme. This webinar will provide further information, offer application support and guidance and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the programme. Register Here

Future RAN R&D Funding Competition Briefing: July 13th, 2021 – Join this event to learn more about the new DCMS Future RAN (Radio Access Network) R&D competition and make new connections for potential collaborations. This event is designed to brief participants on the scope, eligibility and how to make an application for funding. Register Here

Virtual Connections Café: Support and Networking: July 14th, 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

Future Flight Café: Innovative drone medical delivery network: July 16th, 2021 – Join this event to hear from project CAELUS where the team is designing a digital blueprint to assess the viability of an innovative drone medical logistics network. Moving towards trials in segmented and un-segmented airspace, this project aims to create an innovative logistic network to improve efficiencies in medical delivery which is scalable to a national level. 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

CCAV – Advancing safely to full vehicle automation – UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for up to three automated vehicle projects. This funding is from the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). The aim of this competition is to continue development of technologies and assurance processes to enable safe use of fully automated vehicles. Read More

Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 12 – The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is a new programme that aims to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain. It offers a share of up to £1 billion of funding for capital and associated industrial research projects. This will be to support the industrialisation of a high value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK. Read More

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

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

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: Assistant Data Analyst – As Assistant Data Analyst you will join the Technical Team at Midlands Connect, and have an important part to play in the continued development and enhancement of the Midlands Connect Strategy. You will use your technical skills to develop data analysis which will support the evidence base behind the refresh of the Midlands Connect Strategy. Following publication of the Strategy you will work closely with delivery bodies to develop evidence to deliver the priorities set in the Strategy. Apply

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Robotics –  Working with KTN cross sector teams and management, the robotics community and key stakeholder groups, the successful candidate will develop and deliver a programme of activity that will accelerate the development and uptake of robotics in the UK, supporting the development of greater resilience in business, supply chains, sectors and the UK economy. Apply

WMCA: Public Service Reform Policy & Delivery Officer – The Public Service Reform Directorate leads the Combined Authority’s work to create a fairer, greener, healthier West Midlands. This role blends research, policy and delivery, working with the wider team on a range of projects and programmes including designing out homelessness, early intervention and prevention, crime and community safety, and making sure extra help is available to those most affected by the pandemic. Apply

WMCA: Organisational Development and Engagement Partner – In this role, you will be responsible for managing the activities of a small team responsible for delivering efficient and effective employee engagement and OD solutions which include the identification, design, delivery and evaluation a range of interventions including skills-based management and leadership development, all aimed at building a high-performance culture. Apply

WMCA: Assistant Recruitment Partner – As Assistant Recruitment Partner you will support the delivery of an agile, professional, timely and cost-effective recruitment solution that supports the West Midlands Combined Authority in meeting its objectives. This is a new role within a new team and whilst your day to day will be centred around working with managers and leaders in our Transport for West Midlands and Digital & Data directorates to understand key recruitment requirements, developing attraction strategies and filling vacancies. 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

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

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: Place Development Lead (England) – To support our work we have established a new direcotrate focussing on the develoved administrations and local authorities across the UK. The directorate aims to support the sector in creating the right conditions for innovation to flourish, securing commercial opportunities for other directorates in the Connected Places Catapult, through Engaging and communicating our core purpose and capabilities, articulating how these can deliver impact. Apply 

Catapult: Executive Director, Ecosystem Innovation – As the Executive Director responsible for Ecosystem Innovation you’ll play a key leadership role for the organisation. Externally, you will work with senior executives across public, private and research sector organisations. You will understand and shape key requirements, inspire collaboration, and spark innovation. You’ll act as one of CPC’s key representatives on advisory boards and panels, at events, conferences, workshops and at senior client meetings. Apply 

WMCA: HR Business Partner – WMCA is looking for a HR Business Partner, on a part-time, fixed term basis.The role is responsible for providing a proactive, solutions-focused HR service to leaders, people managers and employees, on all employment related matters across the entire employee lifecycle. You will act as a senior point of contact for leadership teams and external stakeholders, and lead on various initiatives to achieve the strategic aims of the HR and OD agenda. 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