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 ‘Full Self Driving’ Is Delayed

Tesla (ticker: TSLA) drivers with perfect Tesla-generated safety scores expected to wake up Saturday and have the newest version of Tesla’s Full Self Driving, or FSD, software ready to run on their vehicles. But the upgrade isn’t ready yet. “A few last minute concerns about this build. Release likely on Sunday or Monday,” tweeted out CEO Elon Musk early Saturday morning. “Sorry for the delay.” Read More

ZF invests in Oxbotica to deploy autonomous passenger shuttles in major cities

ZF is systematically expanding its expertise in the future field of autonomous driving in line with ZF’s “Next Generation Mobility” strategy. ZF has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Oxbotica, to develop a Level 4 self-driving system which will initially be deployed in passenger shuttles in major cities around the world. Read More

General Motors Announces New Autonomous Driving System 

General Motors has taken a step further in its strategy to develop autonomous driving systems. In a presentation aimed at investors held last Wednesday night (1024), the automaker revealed the creation from “Ultra Cruise”, an advanced version of Super Cruise, your driver assistance package that is capable of maneuvering and practically driving the car yourself. Read More

Self- driving start-up Wayve partners with Ocado for autonomous deliveries

BRITISH autonomous vehicle start-up Wayve has received a £10 million investment from online grocer Ocado ahead of a year-long trial involving self-driving delivery vehicles in urban areas. The trial will see Wayve’s hardware and software fitted to some of Ocado’s delivery vehicles, which will be tested in complex urban scenarios in the UK. Read More

Autonomous vehicle firm signs first local authority contract for its Auto-Shuttle technology

Aurrigo, has supplied the £250,000 fully autonomous and electric shuttle as part of ground-breaking passenger trials currently being delivered at the NEC. Carrying up to eight passengers, the vehicle uses a suite of sensors to understand its surroundings, allowing it to move around safely, interacting with live traffic with little or no operator input. Read More

A2GO Autonomous Shuttle Service Launches In Ann Arbor

May Mobility, Mcity and Ann Arbor SPARK today inaugurated the launch of A2GO, a new autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle service serving the Ann Arbor community. The free shuttle service is available to the public beginning Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, thanks in part to a grant through the mobility efforts of the state of Michigan. Read More

Volvo Cars, Zoox, SAIC Join Autonomous Vehicle Makers Using New NVIDIA DRIVE Solutions

Volvo Cars, Zoox and SAIC are among the growing ranks of transportation companies using the newest NVIDIA DRIVE solutions to power their AI-based autonomous vehicles, NVIDIA has announced. NVIDIA says their design-win pipeline for NVIDIA DRIVE now totals more than $8 billion over the next six years. 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 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

October 14th, 2021 – UK National Robotics Proving Ground: Briefing. Innovate UK and KTN invite you to an online briefing event 14th October 2021 to share details of how to contribute to current scoping activities and the opportunity for organisations to apply for a share of up to £500,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop high level design concepts for a UK National Robotics Proving Ground. 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

Metamaterials for Novel Sensor Development: October 12th, 2021 – On 12th October 2021, KTNs Commercialising Metamaterials Innovation Network and the Sensor team are hosting a joint webinar focusing on Metamaterials for novel sensor development. This event aims to generate new ideas & partnerships and accelerate commercial exploration of Metamaterials for industrial use, especially for Sensor innovation developments in the UK. Register Here

TFI DEMO Competition Briefing & Capability for TFI Event: October 12th, 2021 – Join Innovate UK and KTN for details of the new Transforming Foundation Industries Demonstrators Competition, followed by the Capability for TFI Event where you can learn about Research Organisations expertise and find consortium partners for DEMO. Register Here

Made Smarter Innovation: The Future of Digital Manufacturing: October 12th, 2021 – If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive, efficient, competitive and resilient through the use of digital technologies, an integrator or a digital technology solution provider or developer who wants to reach a manufacturing audience, hear from others who have been on the journey or find out about funding opportunities, then this event series will be of interest to you. Register Here

UK National Robotics Proving Ground: Briefing: October 14th, 2021 – Innovate UK and KTN invite you to an online briefing event 14th October 2021 to share details of how to contribute to current scoping activities and the opportunity for organisations to apply for a share of up to £500,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop high level design concepts for a UK National Robotics Proving Ground. Register Here

Research Starter Projects – Briefing Event: October 14th, 2021 – Sign up to find out more about the new Research Starter Projects funding competition for farmers and grower. Farmers and growers who have a bold, ambitious, early stage idea to increase productivity and environmental sustainability in agriculture or horticulture. Register Here

Decarbonising Ports & Harbours – Solution Roadmapping: October 15th, 2021 – On 15th October 2021, KTN’s Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network is hosting an interactive workshop to commence socialising our thoughts on whiteboards in order to frame, structure, and flow ideas into an upcoming Solutions Roadmapping report dedicated to the ports and harbours community. This exercise is crucial to allow us to take stock of the current solutions available and those at different stages of development. Register Here

Sensors, Controls and Digitalisation: October 18th, 2021 – The three Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) supporting groups (KTN, Network+ and TransFIRe) are jointly organising three online conferences to find solution providers to address the challenges of the Foundation Industries (FIs). Research and innovation from both the academic and industrial community will be showcased. These conferences coincide with the upcoming TFI Demonstrator Competition, thus providing a platform to bring together challenge owners and solution providers within the TFI community. Register Here

Pathway to Net Zero Investment: October 21st, 2021 – The Net Zero agenda will require significant up-front investment to transition our existing carbon intensive system, such as how we heat our homes and how we travel, to a lower carbon alternative. The UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UK CCIC), a partnership between Connected Places Catapult, Core Cities and London Councils, adopts a novel approach to addressing the challenge of financing Net Zero in major cities across the UK. 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: Talent Partner – Purpose of the role is reporting to the Head of HR and Talent Development, this role is responsible for partnering with the extended leadership team and HR team to scope and define the recruitment needs across the business. The role will provide full 360-degree recruitment for the whole business across the UK and recently within Africa with our Global Alliance Africa project. Apply 

WMCA: Active Travel Officer – As the Active Travel Officer, your role will be to develop and deliver an ambitious regional programme of active travel projects which will deliver new infrastructure and change human behaviour. This is a Fixed-Term contract until 31st March 2023. You will be coordinating the development and delivery of a specific package of active travel projects with partners, including cycle and walking infrastructure projects and cycle parking. Apply 

WMCA: Payments Officer – Our Swift Finance team are looking for a Payments Officer to join them on a fixed term basis until December 2022. This role will provide support in the development, operation and administration of Commercial and Concessionary ticketing schemes operated by WMCA. You will be supporting the development and implementation of appropriate systems relating to concessionary and commercial ticketing schemes. Apply 

WMCA: Digital & Data Project Manager – The Digital and Data Team has recently been revamped. Our key aim is to deliver a robust, high-quality customer-focused Digital and Data function to stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity to join WMCA at a time when we’re modernising our ways of working and delivering significant advancements in our digital services. As Digital & Data Project Manager, you will support the successful delivery of high-priority business change and transformation digital/IT projects. 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 

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

Catapult: Global Trade Expert – Purpose of the role is reporting into the Director of Global Business, this role is focused on creating regional flagship programmes for CPC based on a high probability of increasing UK PLC opportunities, i.e., trade, in new and emerging global innovation markets.  This role has a strong emphasis on how we align projects to the strategic priorities and focus of Her Majesty’s Government in target regions. Apply

WMCA: Business Support Manager – WMCA is looking for a Business Support Manager to lead, facilitate and enable the delivery of a suite of projects that are key deliverables for the FM and Business Support team.  This is a fixed term post to the end of March 2022. The role will work on agile working implementation at our offices, corporate business support and delivery in collaboration with colleagues from across WMCA. The role will report into the Head of Strategic Facilities Management and manage a small team. 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 

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

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

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