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

Dubai to issue rules for driverless cars next year, says official

Dubai is set to become one of the first cities to issue regulations for the commercial use of autonomous vehicles next year, a senior official of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said. In April this year, the RTA signed an agreement with the US-based autonomous car manufacturer Cruise. The first set of self-driving cars will hit Dubai’s roads in 2023. Read More

Tesla removes Full Self-Driving beta update

Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ (FSD) beta update has been removed from its vehicles, according to new reports from sources including Reuters. The optional technology package – which uses in-built cameras located around the car to identify obstacles, and predict scenarios accordingly – is still in the development stages, however Tesla claims it will eventually permit wholly autonomous driving. Read More

UK’s Ocado Invests In Wayve For Autonomous Grocery Deliveries

British online grocer Ocado is investing 10 million pounds in self-driving technology startup Wayve and a partnership to develop autonomous grocery deliveries that can handle traffic on busy city streets. Wayve’s technology will be used in an autonomous delivery trial using a number of Ocado delivery vans on busy London routes, with a human driver overseeing the tests. Read More

Ford delays software updates for its ‘hands-free’ BlueCruise driver assist

BlueCruise, the “hands-free” driver assist feature that Ford, won’t receive any over-the-air software updates until 2022, the company’s executives said Wednesday night. The automaker had originally planned on pushing its first OTA software updates for select Ford customers before the end of 2021. “We wanted to improve the customer experience,” Farley said. Read More

GE and Einride unveil first autonomous and electric truck operating on US soil

GE Appliances and Swedish freight technology company Einride announced the debut of what they say is the first autonomous and electric truck to operate on US soil this week.  Einride has been operating internationally since 2019 but will bring its autonomous Pods to the US for the first time on GE Appliances’ 750-acre Appliance Park campus in Louisville, Kentucky. Read More

DHL Supply Chain Partners with Autonomous Software Leader Embark to Deploy Fleet

Embark Trucks, Inc., announced that DHL Supply Chain, the North American contract logistics leader within Deutsche Post DHL, is a member of the Partner Development Program and is part of the initial cohort that participated in Embark’s ongoing reservation program, which counts over 14,200 reservations to date. Read More

Aurora taps Pixar veterans to make a more realistic virtual world for testing

Aurora, scheduled to make its debut on Nasdaq next week, is turning to a team of Pixar veterans to help make the computer simulation tool used to test and train its self-driving system more like the real world. The three-person computer graphic imagery startup Colrspace, which has been operating in stealth, is joining Aurora’s perception team. 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

November 5th, 2021 – UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2021. Join UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase where Innovate UK, with KTN support, will be showcasing 60+ exhibitions demonstrating growing commercialisation and industrialisation of quantum technologies in the UK. Register Here

November 9th, 2021 – CWIC 2021: Wireless in Digital and Circular Economies. The annual CW International Conference (CWIC) is a conference for business leaders in the wireless industry. Each year it attracts hundreds of Founders, Directors and C-Suite Executives to network and influence the topical issues of the industry. Choose whether to attend online or face-to-face at the spacious IWM Duxford. 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

Impact beyond 5G Connectivity in Horizon Europe Workshop: November 4th, 2021 – Organised by the Department for International Trade and the British Embassy in Barcelona, Spain, the workshop will open with an introduction by Scott Bailey, Head of Telecoms Diversification for DCMS; a keynote from Colin Willcock, chair of 5G-IA discussing current and future 5G/6G calls; followed by a panel discussion led by i2Cat with stakeholders from the UK, Spain, and Germany, including Telefonica, University of Bristol, Samsung UK, and Deutsche Telecom. Register Here

Partners in innovation: UK-US research collaboration: November 4th, 2021 – To mark Energy Day at COP26 join KTN, Innovate UK and the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) online as they showcase how US-UK resources are working together to harness the potential of Offshore Wind. Register Here

UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2021: November 5th, 2021 – Join UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase where Innovate UK, with KTN support, will be showcasing 60+ exhibitions demonstrating growing commercialisation and industrialisation of quantum technologies in the UK. Register Here

CWIC 2021: Wireless in Digital and Circular Economies: November 9th, 2021 – The annual CW International Conference (CWIC) is a conference for business leaders in the wireless industry. Each year it attracts hundreds of Founders, Directors and C-Suite Executives to network and influence the topical issues of the industry. Choose whether to attend online or face-to-face at the spacious IWM Duxford. Register Here

Made Smarter Innovation: Sustainable Smart Factory Competition Briefing: November 9th, 2021 – Innovate UK, in collaboration with KTN, will be hosting an online competition briefing webinar on the 9th November 2021 to introduce the funding competition “Made Smarter Innovation: Sustainable Smart Factory”. Register Here

Technology Showcase: Industrial Energy Transformation Fund: November 10th, 2021 – The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in collaboration with KTN, will be hosting a live event in Manchester on the 10th November to showcase some of the funded projects of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).  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

Automotive Transformation Fund Expression of Interest: Round 16 – The Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) is an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) programme that aims to establish a competitive and sustainable UK supply chain. This will be to support the industrialisation of a high value, electrified automotive supply at scale in the UK. Read More

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Autumn 2021 – Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is working with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). A NATEP competition is held approximately every 6 months. This is call 4 of 6 and for each call there is up to £2.5m funding available. Read More

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 

More funding can be found here

Featured Jobs


Catapult: Third Party Events and Partnerships Manager – Third Party events programme (external events, not organised by the Catapult), deliver Third Party events in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, forge media and strategic partnerships to drive marketing goals and awareness of the Catapult’s owned events and broader Catapult activities and outputs. The projects are exciting and cutting-edge, but also complex and challenging, typically combining innovative approaches and new technologies with partners from adjacent or very different sectors, in order to solve different city challenges in the UK and internationally. Apply 

Catapult: Senior Technologist – Catapult is looking for a brilliant Senior Technologist that can help conceptualise, develop and deliver transformative urban technology projects as part of our Applied Data and Technology Programme of work at Connected Places Catapult. The Urban Technology team is a multidisciplinary team of technologists, service designers and researchers.  The Urban Technology Team works across a diverse project portfolio and technology areas in support of domains like the built environment, wellbeing, public space, critical infrastructure, mobility and decision-making institutions. Apply

WMCA: Performance Manager – WMCA have a new opportunity for a Performance Manager to support our journey towards a visible performance management culture. A key deliverable for you in the first year will be to implement a new system that provides improved performance reporting dashboards and reports across the WMCA and will enable us to make data-driven, evidence based decisions. You will have 4 direct reports who are great at what they do and will need a manager that enables them to carry out their jobs effectively. Apply

Catapult: Senior Housing Innovation Specialist – As  Senior Housing Innovation Specialist, you will help to expand and enhance our  Housing Innovation work, which currently comprises three strands: Healthy Ageing; Retrofit; and Innovative Finance. You will contribute towards influencing a systems-thinking approach to the way we plan, design and manage housing in the future. You will provide the team and the wider Built Environment Directorate with in-depth knowledge about housing, markets and innovation. You will use your skills to help maximise the impact of projects, ensuring they are innovative and relevant to the sector. Apply 

Catapult: Lead Systems Engineer – Aviation Sustainability – WMCA is looking for creative and energetic individuals, with a passion for making a difference and the ability to contribute to the development of new air mobility technologies, specifically in our Airport infrastructure. Our Lead Systems Engineers will work across the Catapult as well as with stakeholders in Government, industry and academia. WMCA is looking for someone who can see the pieces of the bigger picture and are equipped to shape and deliver collaborative R&D projects to transform the aviation system as a result of technology transformation in air vehicles and as green fuels come online. 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: 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. Understanding the needs of the client, the audience and KTN, this role will use creative, written, negotiation and collaboration skills to deliver effective and impactful campaigns that target diverse audiences. The role will work in partnership with colleagues and contractors in events and in other client facing roles. Specialising in the Health, Transport and Infrastructure sectors. Apply

Catapult: Learning and Development Partner – The Learning & Development partner is a key role at CPC in supporting across the business with colleague development and create a learning focused culture. The incumbent will own our internal focus on developing skills. The role will facilitate the business in diagnosing learning needs before identifying, designing, and facilitating appropriate development solutions. In essence, designing and implementing the CPC learning and development plan as part of a broader people strategy. Apply

Catapult: Head of Climate Investment – The role will be to lead the design and implementation of activities relating to the UK CCIC, driving forward the next phase of work as agreed by the Advisory Board and submitted to the CSR. You will take the lead in; helping to shape and influence national policy, securing capacity and capability for local authorities to access, coordinating research and analysis, and servicing the work of the UK CCIC. The role will establish and oversee the implementation of CPC’s own Net Zero programmes. Apply

Catapult: Facilities Officer – The Facilities Team is an integral part of the business, working alongside a wide range of teams to provide a safe, enjoyable and supportive working environment for colleagues and visitors alike. As a Facilities Officer you will be responsible for contributing to a wide range of activities within the hard and soft services of the building. At all times, the role holder should have a customer service mindset and strive to maintain the high standards expected. Apply

ICAV Cluster: Robotics Software Engineer –  Our client is a leading UK driverless vehicle and mobility company expanding internationally and on a mission to find the very best people to be part of our success and join the driverless revolution that will disrupt and transform the world of transport. Due to year on year growth they are recruiting a experienced ROS Developer. You will be reporting to the Autonomous Vehicle Team Lead and support the development testing and integration of hardware and a ROS Drive by Wire system onto our clients Connected Autonomous Vehicle. 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

More jobs can be found here