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

Cleveron conducts driving exams with semi-autonomous last-mile delivery vehicle

Estonian technology company Cleveron has partnered with LRK Driving School to conduct what it describes as the world’s first driving exams for an unmanned semi-autonomous car. The exams were carried out using Cleveron’s last-mile delivery vehicle, the Cleveron 701. All four specialists from Cleveron passed the exam and received the world’s first teleoperated vehicle certificates. Read More

Tesla Vision to Be Capable of Recognizing Hand Signals, Emergency Vehicle Lights

According to Elon Musk, Tesla Vision will soon be capable of recognizing hand signals, emergency vehicle lights, other vehicles’ turn signals, and other vehicles’ hazard light signals. This announcement comes after one Tesla owner says that his vehicle is now capable of recognizing that other vehicles are stopped with brake lights on. Read More

Xiaomi Hires More People for Autonomous Driving

Xiaomi increased the number of job positions from 24 to 25, all of which are in the field of autonomous driving. Xiaomi Corporation published 20 new positions on its jobs page related to autonomous driving, making it the first time a large-scale job posting related to autonomous driving has been released since the official announcement of the company’s expansion into vehicle sector. Read More

Germany Opens Roads to Autonomous Vehicles

There’s no small number of complex pieces that need to fit into place to realize the dream of autonomous vehicles. Now, in Germany, where both houses of the federal parliament have passed a bill amending the relevant laws in order to allow Level 4 autonomous vehicles to operate on the country’s roadways. Characterized as “high automation,” Level 4 is the second highest level of autonomy identified by the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE). Read More

AutoX Unveils Full Self-Driving System Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE

Your robotaxi is arriving soon. Self-driving startup AutoX took the wraps off its full self-driving system — dubbed “Gen5” — this week. The autonomous driving platform, which is specifically designed for robotaxis, uses NVIDIA DRIVE automotive-grade GPUs to reach up to 2,200 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of AI compute performance. Read More

Texan city to deploy intelligent traffic system from Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar announced that it will deploy a lidar-based traffic-monitoring system to a dangerous intersection in Austin.  The system will create real-time 3D maps of roads and intersections, replacing the current combination of inductive loop detectors, cameras, and radar. Velodyne has joined Nvidia’s Metropolis program and will use Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier edge processors to interpret the lidar data. Read More

Toyota’s Woven Planet acquires HD mapping startup Carmera

Woven Planet Holdings — an entity created by Toyota to invest in, develop and eventually bring future of transportation technologies like automated driving to market — has acquired HD mapping startup Carmera for an undisclosed amount. The announcement comes less than two months since Woven Planet Holdings acquired Lyft’s autonomous vehicle unit known as Level 5 for $550 million. 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 19th, 2021 – Smart local energy systems: unlocking net zero. Join this event for a four-day virtual exploration of smart local energy systems and their potential in the race to net zero. This online event will shine a spotlight on the issue – exploring UKRI-funded energy system projects around the UK, the latest research, the lessons being learnt and the hurdles found on the way. Register Here

July 20th, 2021 – Local authorities: curating places of innovation. This event will seek to explore the role that local government can play in helping create the right conditions for these hubs to develop and flourish and thereby capture the potential benefits.This event is for Local authorities and central government, please apply to attend. 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

Smart local energy systems: unlocking net zero: July 19th, 2021 – Join this event for a four-day virtual exploration of smart local energy systems and their potential in the race to net zero. Integrating energy use, generation and storage locally could save costs, cut emissions, and bring communities greener, cheaper energy. This online event will shine a spotlight on the issue – exploring UKRI-funded energy system projects around the UK, the latest research, the lessons being learnt and the hurdles found on the way. Register Here

Local authorities: curating places of innovation: July 20th, 2021 – This event will seek to explore the role that local government can play in helping create the right conditions for these hubs to develop and flourish and thereby capture the potential benefits. This event is for Local authorities and central government, please apply to attend. Register Here

ISCF SSPP Business Led R&D Collaboration Building Workshop: July 22th, 2021 – This workshop will be used to enable collaborations to be built in this specific topic area through presentations and breakout out rooms for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge. This competition provides a great opportunity for organisations to work collaboratively together to look at novel technologies and business models to rapidly increase the uptake of reuse and refill. Register Here

Micromobility Hub: Behaviours and Attitudes around Micromobility: July 23th, 2021 – Join the discussion in KTN’s Micromobilty Hub which is kicking off with three hour-long webinars where delegates can share best practice and identify barriers and opportunities to adoption and implementation.  In this webinar we will be joined by Jenna Panter, Cambridge University and Vivacity Labs to discuss the technology and behavioural changes that need to happen so active travel is pervasive and becomes a routine. Register Here

Future Flight Fridays: Investor insight: July 23th, 2021 – Future Flight aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly. It will support the development of a novel, integrated aviation system. Join this event to explore how we can create a coherent investment landscape to deliver the UK ambition of an integrated aviation system. Register Here

Road to a Resilient Green Recovery: The City of Manchester: July 26th, 2021 –  This series will promote senior level debates, in a fireside format, on key topics such as Post-Pandemic Green Recovery, Smart Resilience and the city’s contribution to achieve the global climate commitments. Join this event  as Professor Greg Clark CBE, Chairman of Connected Places Catapult has a fireside chat with Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese who will be showcasing best practices from Manchester that are leading the way in Resilience and Green recovery. Register Here

Digital Business Meetup – Digital Manufacturing: July 28th, 2021 –  Digital technologies play a key role in solving industrial challenges around enhancing productivity and accelerating industrial Net Zero. If you are an innovative SMEs with new ideas and solutions for the manufacturing sector, join us for this event to hear about the latest funding and support opportunities available to you, share some of your innovation stories and network with other businesses to spark new collaborations. Register Here

Assistive Technologies & Remote Medicine: September 7th, 2021 – Take a deep dive into Assistive Technologies and Remote Medicine with the help of speakers from NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG, amica24 and Smartbox Assistive Technology. During our virtual event you will gain insight into the future of digital health, discover opportunities for industry partners, learn about the direction of assistive technology use in the UK and find out about the technology challenges and emerging solutions in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). 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

KTN-iX challenge: Upcycling Protective Plastics from Offshore Wind Farms – The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Ørsted to help them reach out to potential innovators that might have solutions involving the upcycling of Transition Piece (TP) covers. The challenge may find a suitable solution in an award to more than one provider.  Read More

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3 – The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation  to partner with a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult. Each application must be led by a knowledge base, working with a business partner. Read More

SBRI – Healthy Ageing Social Ventures industrial research – This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by UKRI. The aim of the competition is to fund organisations to deliver social impact. This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.Any adoption and implementation of a solution from this competition would be subject to a separate, possible competitive, procurement exercise. Read More

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

More funding can be found here

Featured Jobs


Catapult: Junior Urbanist – The team provide deep understanding of the intricacies of how cities work today – existing processes, tools, policies, governance and culture – and a vision of how they will change in the future. The Junior Urbanist will support the wider built environment directorate in the delivery of projects, events and communications and thought leadership. Apply 

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager: Diversity & Inclusion –  KTN is committed to ED&I both through our People Strategy and through the projects and programmes we deliver for and with our clients and partners. The primary purpose of this role is to deliver the Innovate UK diversity and inclusion agenda across Innovate UK priority programmes and the KTN work programme. The role will facilitate the growth of innovative UK businesses in any sector being run by individuals of any gender and from any background. Apply

WMCA: Financial Systems and Analytics Manager – As ​Financial Systems and Analytics Manager you will support the design and efficient integration of all business-wide financial systems, and any associated technology, taking a customer focused approach to leading the delivery and improvements of all Financial Systems to WMCA and partners. The role supports the management of the ERP System (Business World) ensuring smooth system operation and overall system integrity and security. Apply

WMCA: Single Assurance Framework Implementation Project Manager – Single Assurance Framework (SAF) which sets how the WMCA will use public money responsibly, both openly and transparently, and achieve best value for money. mWMCA is now looking for a Project Manager to join us on a 12-month fixed term to provide project management leadership for the Single Assurance Framework (SAF) Implementation project. The project will involve rolling out and fully embedding the Framework across all directorates and will need to be delivered on time, within the agreed budget and in accordance with defined standards and processes approved by the WMCA Board. Apply

Catapult: Senior GIS Analyst/ Modeller – In this role you will primarily be supporting the delivery of innovative projects aimed at integrating and visualising geospatial data sets across the transport and built environment domains. You will be working with a small group of specialists developing new ways of integrating and visualising geospatial data. This will include developing visualisations to present data and developing ways to analyse and develop insights from a variety of established and new types of data sources. 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: 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

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 

WMCA: Programme Delivery Lead – WMCA is looking for someone who can demonstrate successfully delivering a portfolio of projects with and through a team of people, including SMEs. Swift is a smart ticketing scheme to pay for public transport in the West Midlands and so naturally, the majority of projects delivered will have a technology element to them. However, WMCA is not necessarily looking for someone who has a technology background. What’s important is your ability to identify and work with the right subject matter expert to deliver what is required. Apply 

Catapult: Standards Officer: Connected Places – Working within Built Environment directorate you’ll work on a diverse range of subjects such as Net Zero, Homes for Healthy Ageing and the Future of Flight. You will work with partners in the UK such the Department for Transport, Ministry for Housing and Local Government, British Standards Institution (BSI), as well as internationally with Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) and standardisation organisations such as ISO, IEC, ETSI and ITU. Apply 

University of Warwick: Head of Technical Services – An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional and highly experienced professional to lead and develop the shared technical services team which supports and facilitates all research and teaching laboratory activities undertaken by the School of Life Sciences and Warwick Medical School. University of Warwick is seeking a talented and motivated individual who is adept at managing change involving multiple stakeholders in a research environment where there are complex statutory and regulatory requirements. Apply 

WMCA: Development Manager – WMCA is looking for a commercially astute Development Manager with experience of managing complex projects from start to finish. You will take sites which the WMCA is considering acquiring, investing in, or disposing of, from concept through approvals to delivery on the ground. This role will lead work on the delivery of bespoke Asset Disposal Strategies for individual high profile land projects and will support the wider work of the Directorate on a cross-cutting Strategic Asset Disposals Strategy. 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

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