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


Tesla Moves Forward With Full Self-Driving Beta Tests

Tesla has moved forward with its plan to offer its Full Self-Driving feature as a semi-public beta to people who meet certain requirements despite concerns about the safety of the software. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company planned to expand the availability of its FSD software, which it previously offered to just a portion of its customers as an increasingly expensive add-on. Read More

Meet the dinky, driverless shuttles now shuffling people around Rochester

The vehicles made their service debut this week, and for the next 12 months they will scooch riders along a 1.5-mile loop in downtown Rochester. Rides on the Med City Movers are free, with the shuttles navigating real-world traffic conditions as they putter between two stops (the Gonda Building on Center Street and the People’s Food Co-op on 6th Street). Read More

UW researchers developing safe autonomous vehicles

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have teamed up with the federal government and Magna International to develop safe autonomous vehicles. The researchers plan to develop software for automated vehicles, including adaptive cruise control and steering. They said the goal is to have the vehicle do more driving, while keeping safety and security top of monad. Read More

Kodiak Builds Flexible, High-Performance Self-Driving Trucks on NVIDIA DRIVE

Autonomous trucks need to lighten the load when it comes to mapping, while still perceiving their surrounding environments reliably. That’s the approach Kodiak Robotics, a Silicon Valley-based self-driving truck startup, is taking to deploy safer and more efficient delivery and logistics. The company unveiled its fourth-generation vehicle — powered by NVIDIA DRIVE Orin. Read More

Cruise and Waymo Get Permits for Autonomous Driving Services in California

Cruise LLC, majority owned by General Motors Co., and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo have received permits to charge for autonomous vehicle services in California, advancing the efforts of both companies to build a robo-taxi business. The permit issued to Cruise lets the company charge for driverless freight services in parts of San Francisco. Read More

Locomation and Aon to develop Risk Management  plan for Autonomous trucking operations

Locomation, a leading provider of autonomous truck technology solutions, and Aon plc today announced a collaboration to develop a risk management plan as Locomation develops its autonomous freight transport technology and backend platform for commercial deployment to trucking companies and shippers. Read More

Toyota buys software company and prepares entry into autonomous car sector

Toyota does not want to be left behind and, with an eye on the movement of competitors in the autonomous car segment, it also decided to move so as not to lose market in the future. This Tuesday (24), the Japanese automaker announced that Woven Planet Holdings, a subsidiary of the brand in Silicon Valley, closed the purchase of Renovo Motors. 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

October 7th, 2021 – Innovation on the Hills. BetaDen is supporting this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation alongside friends at WINN. Firstly with David Rowan, founding UK Editor in Chief of Wired magazine who will be talking about his book, followed by rapid-fire pitches and demos brought to you by the wealth of innovative businesses and technologies from in and around the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. Register Here

October 11th, 2021 – October 15th, 2021 – Birmingham Tech Week. Birmingham Tech Week (Oct 11th – 15th) is a festival of digital, technology and innovation across Birmingham and the West Midlands.Birmingham Tech Week will include opening event, Digital skills day, Tech show case, Business support and investment, Black Tie Dinner and Awards. 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

Made Smarter Innovation: Explained: October 5th, 2021 – The first session will be centred around introducing and explaining the Made Smarter Innovation programme including what we are doing, what we’ve already achieved and how you can get involved. This session is open to anyone wanting funding for digital technology innovation in the manufacturing sector such as manufacturers, RTO’s, Digital Technology Innovators. Register Here

How can innovation procurement drive new local transport services?: October 5th, 2021 – This session will discuss the impact of this work and consider some of the following questions: What commissioning and procurement strategies can help us deliver future local transport services?,  How can we support innovative suppliers achieving our strategic outcomes?, How can we engage communities as co-creators of innovative solutions? You are invited to join the debate to discuss your ideas, experiences, and potential opportunities with our expert panel. Register Here

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund Phase 2 Competition Briefing: October 6th, 2021 – The Phase 2 competition for England, Wales and Northern Ireland  opens on the 27th September 2021 and runs until 6th December and is worth up to £60 million in funding. The briefing webinar will include an opportunity to hear about the scope of the competitions in more detail and how to apply, hear from industrial site owners who were funded in Phase 1 and hear about the IETF support and information services available for businesses. Register Here

Transport Innovation Expo: October 7th, 2021 – Join this event on Thursday 7th October to celebrate early-stage innovation in the transport sector. The Transport Innovation Expo will bring together transport leaders, innovators and SMEs to showcase the power of collaboration through facilitated conversations around current sector challenges, demonstrations of novel solutions and discussions about new strategies for growth. Register Here

Innovation on the Hills: October 7th, 2021 – BetaDen is supporting this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation alongside friends at WINN. Firstly with David Rowan, founding UK Editor in Chief of Wired magazine who will be talking about his book, followed by rapid-fire pitches and demos brought to you by the wealth of innovative businesses and technologies from in and around the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. Register Here

Birmingham Tech Week: October 11th, 2021 – October 15th, 2021 – Birmingham Tech Week (Oct 11th – 15th) is a festival of digital, technology and innovation across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Join 550 tech leaders for a event that will showcase why our region is such a fantastic Tech Hub and honour the people who are leading the way. Register Here

Transport Innovation Summit: November 15th, 2021 – November 19th, 2021 – Intelligent Transport’s five-day annual public transport online summit will examine how innovation in MaaS is driving the next-stage evolution in public transport. Senior-level speakers from public transport authorities, agencies and operators as well as leading solution providers from around the world will discuss and share their lessons learnt throughout this flagship event. 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: October 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. Read More

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 4 – The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme allows a UK registered business or not-for-profit organisation (which we will refer to collectively as the ‘business partner’ from now on) to partner with a UK higher education (HE) or further education (FE) institution, RTO or Catapult (which we will refer to as the ‘knowledge base partner’). Read More

ISCF digital security by design – software ecosystem development – UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million for projects to work on the development of the DSbD software ecosystem. The aim of this competition is to fund a range of projects that work to enrich and expand the Digital Security by Design (DSbD) software ecosystem prior to the availability of commercial hardware. Read More

Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator – The accelerated rollout of advanced wireless networks, including 5G, will bring benefits to the UK economy and communities across the country. As the next major milestone in the DCIA project DCMS will allocate up to £4 million of funding to pilots which support the implementation of digital asset management solutions to open up public assets for the rollout of wireless communication networks. Read More

EUREKA GlobalStars Taiwan digital industrial collaborations – This competition is for UK businesses that want to apply to the Globalstars EUREKA call. Please visit the EUREKA call for proposals web page if you are not a UK applicant. The aim of this competition is to identify collaborators and collaboration projects between UK and Taiwanese businesses. Read More

SBRI – Digital transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam – This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK and jointly delivered by Innovate UK and Crossrail International with support from the Department of International Trade in Vietnam. The aim of the competition is to support organisations to undertake feasibility studies, that demonstrate how innovation can support Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB) with their digital transformation. Read More 

SBRI Global Rail Export Innovation for Australia, Canada and India – This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK and jointly delivered by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade. The aim of the competition is to support organisations to undertake feasibility studies to demonstrate innovative railway technology solutions for overseas markets. This is a single phase competition. Read More 

Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2 – The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. This competition will build on the success of the 2020 Phase 2 competition and will focus primarily on the demonstration aspects of these novel air vehicles and systems. In Strand 2 projects must focus on developing enabling technologies and cross-cutting systems that support the deployment of these novel air vehicles in UK airspace. Read More 

Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 1 – The aim of this competition is to fund projects that will deliver the 2024 vision of the Future Flight Challenge and position the UK as a leader in the third revolution of aviation. This competition will build on the success of the 2020 Phase 2 competition and will focus primarily on the demonstration aspects of these novel air vehicles and systems. In Strand 1, projects must focus on the demonstration aspects of novel classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles and systems. 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

More funding can be found here

Featured Jobs


KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Chemistry – KTN is seeking to recruit a versatile, personable and goal-orientated individual with a technical background in chemistry and relevant experience to join the Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology team to lead and support the delivery of existing programmes that will accelerate the transition to a Net Zero and Circular Economy. Existing programmes include those accelerating innovation in energy storage (batteries, hydrogen), industrial decarbonisation and low-carbon fuels (sustainable aviation fuel). Apply 

WMCA: WMRE Administrative Assistant – West Midlands Rail Executive team are looking for a WMRE Administrative Assistant to join them on a full time, permanent basis. As the WMRE Administrative Assistant, you will be providing high quality administrative support to Rail Programme Director and designated Senior Managers and delivering secretarial duties for internal and external governance meetings including attending meetings, managing actions, analysing information, producing notes, presentations and reports. Apply 

WMCA: Enterprise Architect – The Enterprise Architect is a key part of this growth and is a highly technical senior leadership role working across the organisation at a strategic level to translate the business requirements into joined up efficient technical solutions that deliver enhanced ways of working and gain technical advantage. Engaging at a strategic level to envisage, document and deliver a sustainable Enterprise Architecture, the role will influence policy and set direction for technical and business change. Apply 

WMCA: Management Accountant – Finance team are looking for a Management Accountant to join them on a permanent basis.  This role will deliver a professional management accounting service to budget holders and senior managers, mainly in the Transport directorate at the West Midlands Combined Authority. You will be developing a full understanding of WMCA Group’s Financial Procedure rules coordinating the submission of robust annual budget proposals for a range of WMCA Group services, and assisting in the preparation of funding bids and submissions to government. Apply 

WMCA: Assistant Project Sponsor (Internal Only) – This role is only open to employees of the West Midlands Combined Authority. As the Assistant Project Sponsor, you will work with project teams to monitor and challenge projects, and ensure they are on track to deliver outputs and meet all requirements, including those related to cost, schedule, and benefits and prepare reporting for the combined authority and external stakeholders in relation to projects and escalate issues of concern for decision making by the appropriate individuals. Apply

Coventry University: Ph.D. Research Scholar: Multi-Objective Optimisation in Transport Sytems – 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, and to create democratised autonomy and AI, in order to empower society by accelerating the introduction of seamless clean travel, providing accessible and integrated automated transport services for all. 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 

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

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Emerging Modelling Applications – The post requires someone who understands modelling & simulation technologies and their application to different market sectors, but also someone with a general enthusiasm for networking and building connections across a spectrum of different sectors and disciplines. The successful candidate will also be required to support internal-facing projects, supporting KTN’s digitisation activities. This role will work closely with other KTN sector teams to identify and understand how modelling & simulation technologies relate to other emerging and established sectors. Apply

KTN: Knowledge Transfer Manager – Robotics – Advancing the work of KTN’s previous & existing Robotics programmes, the Knowledge Transfer Manager (KTM) – Robotics will lead and drive the development of the next phase of KTN’s Robotics activity, with a focus on Robots for a more Resilient Future. 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

KTN: Legal and Contracts Manager – The Legal and Contracts Manager will draft and negotiate all commercial contracts, including statement of work and non-disclosure agreements, resolving any contractual issues, changes and revisions and provide contractual overviews, reports and advise management on the company’s compliance with laws and regulations. The post holder will support implementation and management of an effective regulatory and legal compliance framework. Apply

WMCA: Governance Services Officer – WMCA is looking for a Governance Services Officer to manage and oversee the governance activity of decision making meetings at the West Midlands Combined Authority. The role will be responsible for managing agendas, liaising with senior leaders to ensure meeting actions are complete and reports submitted on time, taking minutes and actions at meetings and ensuring documents are sent out as needed. Apply

KTN: Marketing Manager –  As part of the ongoing growth of the Reach and Engagement Directorate, the Marketing Manager will be responsible for delivering exceptional engagement activity that drives positive change. This role will use creative, written, negotiation and collaboration skills to deliver effective and impactful campaigns that target diverse audiences. The role will ensure that at each touchpoint with each client, audience or partner, we are contributing towards the creation of a network of innovators so powerful, its ideas will change the world. Apply

WMCA: Procurement Lead Officer – The Procurement team is responsible for continuously improving practices, having regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness through planned and skillful management of procurement and supply chains.As Procurement Lead Officer, reporting to the Senior Procurement Lead, you will be responsible for leading and managing complex and strategic collaborative and local procurement projects across a range of categories – Professional Services, Organisational Development, Financial Services, Facilities IT, Transport and Rail Projects to ensure their effective delivery in line with customer requirements and timescales & the WMCA constitution. 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