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’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ mode finally lands for regular owners 

Tesla took its Full Self-Driving car mode out of the early access program. If you are one of the Tesla owners with a perfect safety score, you’re in luck, as Tesla just unlocked access to its “Full Self-Driving Beta” feature. Previously restricted to the curated few, the FSD Beta update rollout marks a watershed moment for Tesla’s autonomous e-mobility aspirations. Read More

University unveils its own autonomous vehicle

A state-of-the-art autonomous vehicle called the Auto-Pod has been launched at Aston University this week to coincide with Birmingham Tech Week. The autonomous vehicle, funded by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Institute of Technology, will be able to operate itself and will enable students to learn more about the future of travel through technology. Read More
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Hyundai Motor to launch self-driving tech test bed

Hyundai Motor is to open a self-driving technology test bed at its R&D Center to speed up development.  It has been setting up the infrastructure needed for researchers to try out different autonomous driving technologies at its Namyang R&D Center. Located in Hwaseong, the Namyang center is the main research institute for Hyundai Motor Group’s automotive affiliates, Hyundai and Kia. Read More

Baidu, greenlighted driverless road test in Beijing 

On 15 october, autonomous driving developers Baidu and were granted the first batch of driverless road test permits in the newly opened autonomous driving testing zone, in Beijing’s intelligent connected vehicle policy pilot zone. The pilot zone is located in Yizhuang District, covering 20 square kilometers, and offers over 100 kilometers of autonomous driving testing roads. Read More

Driverless vehicle company expands footprint in Southern Nevada

After testing its driverless vehicles in the Las Vegas Valley, Motional is doubling down on its operations in the area. Over recent years, the autonomous vehicle technology company has provided more than 100,000 public rides via its partnership with ride-hailing giant Lyft, while also conducting important tests of driverless cars in Southern Nevada. Read More

Mobility firms join hands to launch autonomous driving association

Private and public stakeholders in the development of self-driving cars have established the Korea Autonomous Industry Association in order to better prepare for the coming new mobility era. Some 30 government officials and company executives attended the launching ceremony held in Yeouido, Seoul, including Park Jin-kyu, the vice minister for industry. Read More

Uisee to further tap self-driving with new smart vehicles, solutions

Leading Chinese autonomous driving firm Uisee unveiled its latest L4-level unmanned delivery vehicles and smart solutions recently, as self-driving commercialization is revving up in the country with faster-than-expected driverless applications. As of now, the total commercial mileage of Uisee’s unmanned self-driving vehicles has exceeded 900,000 KM. Read More

Autonomous trucking startup Locomation to collaborate with Indiana company

Locomation, an autonomous trucking company based in Lawrenceville, is collaborating with Cummins to test, integrate and commercialize its self-driving technology. Locomation will integrate its software with Cummins’ powertrain systems. The Columbus, Ind., company designs, manufactures, sells and services engines and power generation products. 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 20th, 2021 – Digital Business Meetup – Sustainability. If you are an innovative SME with new ideas and solutions that can bring new positive change to the environment, join 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

October 21st, 2021 – Safety Tech 101: How to protect your systems against illegal content?. This event is the first of the Safety Tech 101 series where audiences will be provided with a deep dive into the innovative products and services that help businesses better protect their online users from harm. The event is aimed at anyone looking to learn more about the Safety Tech sector and what technologies are used to protect users online. 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

Sensors, Controls and Digitalisation: October 18th, 2021 – The three Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) supporting groups 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

Made Smarter Innovation – Sustainable Smart Factory: October 19th, 2021 – The world is changing. Manufacturers are improving the products they make and the way they make them. This reduces our environmental footprint, increases resource efficiency and creates competitive advantage. This webinar will explore how data and digital technologies can help identify and effect energy efficiency and resource savings within the factory. Register Here

Digital Business Meetup – Sustainability: October 20th, 2021 – Sustainability including circular economy, Net Zero, decarbonisation and lowering emissions is now more important than ever. The UK has declared a “climate emergency” and is committed to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. New technologies that can help improve processes to reduce emissions, manage “waste” more efficiently or improve the environment for generations to come can and will play a critical role across all sectors. Register Here

Horizon Europe Clean Transport Webinar – Cluster 5 Destination 5: October 21st, 2021 – KTN Global Alliance in partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) in Hungary and UK National Contact Points (NCPs) from Innovate UK as well as European NCPs are delighted to invite potential UK and Central European applicants to participate in our Horizon Europe* Clean Transport online event taking place on 21 October 2021. This webinar will focus on pitching of project ideas and brokering partnerships for European Research and Innovation collaborations and networking. Register Here

Safety Tech 101: How to protect your systems against illegal content?: October 21st, 2021 – How can innovative products and services help your business to protect your online users from harm? The event is aimed at anyone looking to learn more about the Safety Tech sector and what technologies are used to protect users online. Join this event to hear more from the experts behind these groundbreaking technologies. 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

5G and the Creative Industries: Sports, Events & Performing Arts: October 25th, 2021 – 5G brings new and exciting opportunities across these sectors, with Intel’s 5G Economics of Entertainment report forecasting 5G will bring $1.3 trillion increased revenue to the entertainment industry by 2028. Join this event to hear more about how 5G has the potential to bring new and exciting opportunities across the sports, events and performing arts sectors, transforming how we can reach and engage with audiences. 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

SBRI UK National Robotics Proving Ground: Feasibility studies – This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), to support the development of the UK’s National Robotics Proving Ground. The outputs from this short competition, will inform UKRI what type of facilities can be developed with capital infrastructure funding and the scale of the funding required. Read More

Biomedical Catalyst 2021 Round 2: Feasibility & Primer Awards – The aim of this competition is to explore and evaluate the commercial potential of an innovative scientific idea or carry out a technical evaluation through to proof of concept in a model system. Your project must focus on the development of a product or process that is an innovative solution to a health and care challenge. Read More

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

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: Executive Assistant – This role will include mail, diary and travel management. The Exec PA will also coordinate all the papers, actions and priorities across the Executive team and Board, in partnership with the CEO and Company Secretary. As importantly, the role will also provide a confidential, informed, proactive, motivated and outcome driven and close resource for the CEO, ensuring that commitments are delivered on and that she is able to focus on leading the organisation. Apply 

WMCA: Graduate ICT Specialist (Cyber Security) – WMCA is looking for a talented Cyber Security graduate to join our team on a 12-month fixed-term contract. The role will be working closely with our cyber security lead specialist to cover a range of technologies, security disciplines and SOC tasks. As well as having a focus on cyber security, the role will include supporting the wider Digital & Data environment and will be involved in delivery of projects and day to day support requests and incidents. Apply 

WMCA: HR Assistant (Internal only) – The HR team are looking for a HR Assistant to join their team on a secondment basis to the end of March 2022. The role will be responsible for the co-ordination of HR administration at all stages of the employee life cycle. The role holder will support the HR Business Partner team with a variety of HR administration tasks and first line HR advice. Apply

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: Payments Officer – 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, operation of systems to calculate accurate payments to operators for participation in Concessionary and Commercial Ticketing Schemes, produce clear and complete supporting documentation for payments for operators and the WMCA. 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: Events Manager – Purpose of the role is understanding the needs of the client, the audience and KTN, the Event Manager will use their experience and creativity in designing and producing event experiences to deliver effective and impactful campaigns that target diverse audiences. This role will ensure that at each touchpoint with each client, audience or partner, KTN is contributing towards the creation of a network of innovators so powerful, its ideas will change the world. Apply

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

KTN: Head of Industrial Technologies and Manufacturing – As a Head of programmes, you will establish and maintain key strategic relationships, especially with the Innovate UK family, and develop external networks to enable fulfilment of KTN’s ambitions. The Head will additionally explore potential client income opportunities in this area. As a senior leader you will manage a team of highly skilled people and their development as individuals and as KTN employees and ensure compliance with company deadlines and procedures. 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

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

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