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

Halo launches 5G-based Driverless Car Service in Las Vegas

Halo has launched a commercial driver-less ride-hailing car service in Las Vegas, running on the T-Mobile 5G network in the city. Halo is collaborating with local municipalities to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) to address traffic congestion and carbon emission challenges by connecting public transit systems to on-demand, driverless cars. Read More

Clemson’s Deep Orange 12 team develops self-driving race car

Clemson University is taking autonomous vehicles to the races with Deep Orange 12, a 40-student project that developed a self-driving race car that can go as fast as 180 mph. The prototype car combines innovative technology that allow the car to observe its surroundings and react fast enough to maintain car safety when the car is at high speeds, according to a release from Clemson. Read More

Driverless Plus truck trundles along China highway

Sending a truck trundling down a highway without a human aboard would constitute a major development for most autonomous vehicle companies. For Plus, it’s less a milestone and more a milepost. A self-driving big rig operated by the company drove a 20-mile stretch of the Wufengshan highway near China’s Yangtze River delta last month, the company’s first such truck demonstration conducted in China. Read More

ZF Debuts ProAI Super computer for All Levels  of Autonomous Driving

Under the motto “Next Generation Mobility. Now.”, at the IAA 2021, ZF is focusing on technology that is already available today for the next generation of vehicles. The latest generation of the ZF ProAI supercomputer plays a key role here: It offers customized computing power for virtually any vehicle platform and every level of automation. Read More

New algorithm helps self-driving cars navigate narrow streets

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an algorithm to help self-driving cars navigate crowded, narrow streets. Narrow streets can become even worse with parked cars on both sides, leaving limited space for vehicles to travel in both directions. Cars sometimes must duck into a gap between the parked cars or pull over for a car to pass first. Read More

Aurora to develop AV tech with Reinvent

Aurora to apply autonomous tech to trucking and transportation. Aurora is to merge with acquisition firm Reinvent Technology Partners to form Aurora Innovation in a bid to commercialise its autonomous vehicle (AV) technology. Aurora partners and investors such as Baille Gifford and Index Ventures have committed $1 billion and the proposed transaction represents a value of $11bn for the AV firm. Read More

Autonomous driving startup G-PAL bags pre-Series A from Xiaomi and Baidu’s investment arms

Shanghai-based autonomous driving startup G-PAL raised RMB 400 million (USD 61.4 million) from investors including Matrix Partners China, Baidu Ventures, Xiaomi’s Yangtze River Industry Fund, and PwC. The funds will be used to scale the production of the company’s self-driving systems. 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

August 10th, 2021 – Improving Access to Advanced Broadband and Mobile Services. This competition is looking to test fibre in water solutions in the real world, and ensure secure and resilient access to fibre in water technology. The focus is on connecting the hardest to reach areas in the UK, reducing water leakage, enabling innovative technologies for the water industry and ‘future proofing’ water and telecommunications infrastructures. Register Here

August 20th, 2021 – Future Flight Cafe: Safe zone system for autonomous flight. Join this event to hear about project SafeZone – a world first real-time aerodynamic information system for autonomous flight in urban areas. To develop the project further, the team seek: UTM data service providers and/or communications experts; 5G experts; platform developers; airports; drone port and/or infrastructure developers. 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

Women in Innovation: Time Domination Experience Workshop 2: August 9th, 2021 – The Time Domination Experience Workshop delivered by Dr Hannah Roberts as part of the Women in Innovation community, is a 60-minute session, to discover the five-pillar system to time domination, increase your energy and effectiveness and take yourself to the next level in your life and career. Register Here

Driving the Electric Revolution – Building Talent for the Future: August 10th, 2021 – Innovate UK’s Driving the Electric Revolution challenge, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up £250,000 in projects to develop future talent pipelines across the power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) industry. Join the live competition briefing event on Tuesday 10th August 2021 to find out more about scope, application process and eligibility, as well as tips on applying. Register Here

Improving Access to Advanced Broadband and Mobile Services via Drinking Water Mains: Fibre in Water : August 10th, 2021 – This competition is looking to test fibre in water solutions in the real world, and ensure secure and resilient access to fibre in water technology. The focus is on connecting the hardest to reach areas in the UK, reducing water leakage, enabling innovative technologies for the water industry and ‘future proofing’ water and telecommunications infrastructures. Register Here

Future Flight Café: Integrated electric aviation system: August 11th, 2021 – The Future Flight Café online series provides a forum to discuss ideas and create new opportunities. If you are working on a Future Flight Challenge project, want to get involved or even start your own project, join us. By the end of each webinar you will have learnt more about the competition, one of the ongoing Future Flight Challenge projects and could have found a new connection to start your own Future Flight journey. Register Here

Future Flight Cafe: First 19-seat hybrid electric aircraft: August 13th, 2021 – Join us to hear from project 2Zero who aim to demonstrate the first 19-seat hybrid electric aircraft. The project uses a holistic systems approach to simulate and physically demonstrate the viability of electric aircraft in regional air transport operations in a scalable ecosystem using modelling and simulation tools to optimise flights. Register Here

TFI Small CR&D Competition Briefing: August 17th, 2021 – Find out about the new Transforming Foundation Industries Small Scale Research and Development programme at this competition briefing. Join Innovate UK and KTN for details of the new Transforming Foundation Industries Small Scale Research and Development programme. Projects must focus on resource or energy efficiency in the foundation industries, and applicants can be from the foundation industries or their immediate supply chains. Register Here

Future Flight Cafe: Safe zone system for autonomous flight: August 20th, 2021 – Join this event to hear about project SafeZone – a world first real-time aerodynamic information system for autonomous flight in urban areas. SafeZone will deliver safer and more efficient UAVs by enabling real time information on potential hazards to inform re-routing decisions. To develop the project further, the team seek: UTM data service providers and/or communications experts; 5G experts; platform developers; airports; drone port and/or infrastructure developers. 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

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2021 – UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy. This funding is from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. Whilst projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas are welcomed, this is not a requirement, as we are also keen to support projects in other areas. Read More 

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22: Round 13 – The aim of this competition is to find women with exciting, innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. The awards are for female founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in businesses that have been operating for at least one year. Applicants must be confident, with the support of an award, that they can make a significant contribution to a pressing societal, environmental or economic challenge through their innovative project. Read More 

Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 13 – The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is a new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) 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 

Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 6 – The aim of this competition is to match the best UK scientists and cutting-edge facilities with businesses that have analysis or measurement problems. Your proposal must describe a measurement or analysis problem, that will help improve your businesses productivity or competitiveness and an estimate of the value to your business of solving it. Read More 

Driving the electric revolution – building talent for the future – The aim of this competition is to fund several ideas that quickly fill immediate gaps in skills, talent and training for the power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) industry. Your proposal must deliver a clear game-changing intervention, which would realistically and significantly meet a UK PEMD talent requirement. In applying to this competition, you are entering into a competitive process.  Read More 

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  

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

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: Data Strategist –  You will be working as part of a team of Data Scientists, Software Engineers and Technologists to address place-based challenges. We use our expertise in data processing, statistics, machine learning, multi-domain modelling and visualisation to go from place-based problems to appropriate and practical data solutions. We are collaborative with other teams and experts across the catapult, working very closely with specialists in housing, local planning, new mobility technologies, critical infrastructure, wellbeing and more. Apply

Catapult: SME Development Manager – This role will play a key part in building the Catapult’s SME community through working with innovative SMEs to deliver engaging Catapult programmes, developing new propositions that challenge the market and creating a community of SMES across our core sectors that drive innovation. For this role a great communicator will be preferred, who is client focused and with a proven track-record of success and the ability to get things done working both independently and within a team. Apply 

University of Warwick: Core Technical Assistant – The postholder will assist in setting-up experiments and laboratory equipment, maintaining core infrastructure and facilities, reorganising of laboratory and office space, and issuing and disposing of chemicals. On a day-to-day basis, the core technical assistant will be working in the teaching laboratories. This is a varied role which may also require working across the research and teaching teams, to support the provision of a safe working environment. Apply 

WMCA: Project Appraiser – This role provides high level summaries and reviews which comment on the extent to which Business Cases for major investment projects demonstrate a good fit with WMCA strategy and priorities, clear objectives and deliverables, good value for money, commercial viability, and the need for public sector investment, and provides the WMCA’s Investment Panel and Investment Board with clear recommendations as part of their decision on whether to invest in the project. Apply 

WMCA: Assistant Spectator Transport Manager – Bus – As Assistant Spectator Transport Manager, you will join the team on a fixed term basis until August 2022 and provide transport planning, development and operational delivery of bus spectator transport services leading up to and during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. You will work at a strategic and tactical level, applying transport planning principles within a Games context. Apply 

WMCA: Assistant Spectator Transport Manager – Rail, Tram and Interchange –  You will need to be able to learn fast and respond to emerging challenges as they develop.  You will have a sound grasp of the railway industry and be able to apply this practically to Games planning across a variety of different areas.  Excellent collaborative working will be key: you’ll need to work with a wide range of partners across both the rail industry and West Midlands Metro teams. Apply

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Digital Economy – Purpose of the role is to deliver knowledge transfer and other activities aimed at stimulating innovation in specific sectors, technologies, and cross-cutting themes to grow the UK economy. The role will provide technical capability and market expertise in the field of the Digital Economy. Meeting KTN KPIs with particular attention to high growth technology and innovation-led business interaction, Innovate UK support and engagement with relevant government departments, research councils and other UK digital sector stakeholders and leadership bodies around the UK. 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 

Catapult: Finance Analyst – This role will primarily provide commercial, technical, and financial expertise to key internal stakeholders. Reporting to the Group Commercial Accountant you will be responsible for working with keymembers of the Finance team and other departments within the business to help the company deliver its projects to budget and forecast. This role is based in our Milton Keynes office. Apply 

WMCA: Project Accountant –  Reporting to the Lead Project Accountant, this role joins a team of 7 in delivering a professional project accounting service for a range of capital projects delivered by the WMCA. The role places particular emphasis on business partnering with project teams and ensuring the identification, recording and management of cost, variances, change, and ensuring payments are made in a timely manner as well as supporting our operations management in operational cost control on all our activities. Apply

WMCA: Digital & Data Project Manager – This role joins the Digital & Data team on an initial fixed term basis for 12 months, and supports the successful delivery of high-priority business change and transformation IT-related projects to the West Midlands Combined Authority and its directorates. Working across the business and with external partners, the Project Manager will deliver a range of complex technical digital projects within a matrix management model. The post ensures implementation of prioritised work within a cost effective and timely manner as set out in each business case. Apply

WMCA: Management Information Analyst – The role becomes part of a newly formed team, collecting, manipulating, interpreting and assessing different forms of performance information and providing easy-to-understand comprehensive information analysis to the Corporate Management Team, Strategic Leaders and to the Mayor that supports decision making. The role will help build positive relationships with internal customers and stakeholders to develop a better understanding of what is being delivered across the region, what is working well and identifying what the impact is to the residents of the West Midlands. 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