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

Self-Driving Taxis Are Coming To Las Vegas In 2023, Says Lyft

The futuristic dream of self-driving cars is almost here, apparently. Autonomous driving company Motional and ride-hailing service Lyft have announced plans to roll out a commercial self-driving taxis service by 2023. Motional and ride-hailing service Lyft have been testing autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas for three years. Read More

You can now ride a futuristic self-driving shuttle bus for free near Toronto

A self-driving vehicle is now taking passengers in Whitby after weeks of testing and mapping. The battery-powered shuttle will now be cruising along a 6 km route near the Whitby GO Station, accommodating four people at a time. The WAVE shuttle loops through the Port Whitby neighbourhood, passing through residential, recreational and industrial areas. Read More

This new technology will allow autonomous cars to see hidden pedestrians and cyclists 

It is an ambitious project in a collaboration between the University of Sydney and Australian technology company Cohda Wireless and is funded by the Australian iMOVE Cooperative Research Center. This experimental system incorporates vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Read More

SKS 2021: Meet Ottonomy, Maker of Autonomous Food Delivery Robots

Time to meet Ottonomy, one of the ten startups pitching tomorrow at Smart Kitchen Summit! Ottonomy is a maker of autonomous delivery robots. Ottonomy can navigate through both outdoors and indoor environments. The company, led by longtime robotics entrepreneur Ritukar Vijay and has already racked up mobile ordering partners like Crave. Read More

QCraft announces self-driving chip deal with Nvidia, setting course for mass production

QCraft will equip the next generation of its autonomous driving system with Nvidia’s Drive Orin processing chip. Nvidia claims the Drive Orin system-on-a-chip (SoC), unveiled in late 2019 and scheduled for shipping in 2022, is by far the “world’s highest-performance, most-advanced” processor for use in autonomous vehicles (AVs). Read More

Luminar Lidar Selected for NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion Autonomous Vehicle Reference Platform

Luminar Technologies, Inc., announce at the NVIDIA GTC conference that its lidar solution has been selected to be part of the sensor suite in the NVIDIA DRIVE Hyperion autonomous vehicle reference platform. This AI vehicle computing platform accelerates development of autonomous consumer vehicles starting in 2024. 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 15th – November 19th, 2021 – Transport Innovation Summit. 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

November 24th, 2021 – Digital Business Meetup – Next Generation Services. Professional Services – including legal, accounting, insurance and finance – account for almost 80% of the UK economy. AI and other data technologies are set to impact almost every sector of the economy and have the potential to transform the way businesses interact with customers, deliver better, more personalized products and services. 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

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

5G in Health and Social Care: What Makes 5G Different?: November 18th, 2021 – Join this webinar from UK5G and KTN, for a hype-free and non-technical run through of how 5G is, and can be applied across the health and social care sector. This series of events will be of interest to anyone involved in contemporary health and care service design or delivery. Register Here

Manufacturing Made Smarter with Quantum: November 23th, 2021 – This event will present examples of the application and implementation of quantum technology in the manufacturing and infrastructure industry. We will bring the manufacturing and the quantum communities together and explore how both sectors can collaborate. Register Here

Digital Business Meetup – Next Generation Services: November 24th, 2021 – Professional Services – including legal, accounting, insurance and finance – account for almost 80% of the UK economy. AI and other data technologies are set to impact almost every sector of the economy and have the potential to transform the way businesses interact with customers, deliver better, more personalized products and services. Register Here

Connections Café: Accelerating the Journey to Net Zero: December 1st, 2021 – Connections Café is our series of SME innovation support events that explore developments and opportunities in the built environment and mobility sectors that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness. They offer support and guidance to growing businesses to help them bridge the gap between new innovations and commercial success.  Register Here

Global Technologies and the next 5 Years: December 7th, 2021 – Join BetaDen on the 7th of December for the next installment of Tech Tuesdays. For speaking opportunities please contact the team:  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

Made Smarter Innovation: Sustainable Smart Factory – Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects. These will be for innovation in digital technologies to reduce environmental impact within manufacturing processes. The aim of this competition is to develop digital innovations to improve the sustainability of manufacturing processes. Read More

Driving the Electric Revolution – PEMD Skills Hub – The aim of this competition is to establish the hub as a lasting ‘platform’ that will connect training and education course providers with employers and learners. The hub will be accessible to new learners, professionals already working in PEMD, and those wanting to develop expertise in specialist areas. Read More

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Autumn 2021 – The aim of this competition is to provide help for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative aerospace technologies. These will enhance your capabilities and increase your ability to win new business. Read More

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

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

More funding can be found here

Featured Jobs


Catapult: Cyber Security Lead – The role will be responsible for leading and managing our cyber security efforts and the introduction of new transformative digital innovations as we evolve putting data and data led decision making at our core. The Cyber Security Lead is responsible for defining and securing all our channels through which information flows into and out of the Connected Places Catapult’s information network. Apply 

University of Warwick: Technology Transfer Engineer (Digital Manufacturing) – The WMG SME Group are seeking to appoint a Technology Transfer Engineer within the Digital Manufacturing team to assist in delivery of our Digital Innovation for Manufacturing (DI4M) programme. This project helps manufacturing SME become more productive and competitive through adoption of digital tools and technologies. The group aims to accelerate SME economic growth through research-led innovation and by building strong sustainable collaborative relationships with SME businesses and partner organisations. Apply 

u-blox: Cellular Modem Verification Engineer – u-blox is looking for an experienced engineer to join our successful and growing team operating in three locations globally. In order to be successful in this position you will have a proven track record of verification in a complex environment. You will be comfortable and familiar with the tools and processes for developing tests and for the completion of all areas of the verification process. This role involves both hands-on test/lab development as well as the improvement of existing flows. Apply

Plextek: Mechanical Designer – The Mechanical Design team are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and flexible designer to enhance our mechanical design capability.  The successful candidate will have responsibility for the mechanical design elements of a wide range of projects and products both new and existing. Design Consultancy work is varied and interesting. Our projects are largely based around Plextek’s core radio capability and range from low volume special equipment, through to complex consumer products designed for low cost, high volume manufacture. Apply

Aimsun: Senior Transport Modeller – Aimsun Ltd.  seeks a qualified and experienced senior transport modeller for a full-time position partially based in London combined with remote working and the option of flexible hours. Core tasks include supporting major meso and microsimulation simulation projects undertaken with Aimsun by Aimsun’s clients, configuring and deploying Aimsun Live as part of major decision support systems delivered by Aimsun and system integrators to traffic control centres for major cities and/or highway corridors. Apply 

Aimsun: Transport Modeller – Aimsun Ltd. seeks a qualified and experienced transport modeller for a full-time position. The job is based in London but can be combined with remote working and has the option of flexible hours. Core tasks include supporting Aimsun’s modelling projects for transport agencies and private engineering firms and configuring and deploy Aimsun Live as part of major decision support systems delivered by Aimsun and system integrators to traffic control centres. 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

University of Warwick: Principal Engineer (Battery Manufacturing and Validation) – University of Warwick have a great opportunity for a Principal Engineer to provide technical leadership in research and development activities in the field of battery design, manufacturing and validation. The role will support broad ranging leadership for large scale battery system projects, developing the team and facilities to meet the project needs. Apply

Catapult: Head of Digital Workplace –  As Head of Digital Workplace, you will play a key role in driving future innovation and continuous improvement of the services that enable Connected Places Catapult to successfully meet its strategic objectives. This role is responsible for helping to set the technical direction within the organisation of information systems and to support data led decision making. The role will be responsible for the management and oversight of the Digital Workplace team and the introduction of new transformative digital innovations as we develop out our Microsoft suite of products. Apply

WMCA: Programme Management Officer – In this role, you will support the Governance & PMO Manager in the management of the Midlands Connect Programme including the effective operation of the agreed governance, finance and procurement structures. You will  be supporting the planning and management of the overall Midlands Connect programme ensuring project leads meet the agreed objectives, timescales, standard of quality and cost constraints required to deliver the Midlands Connect Programme. Apply

WMCA: Risk Manager – The Risk Manager will provide WMCA with a risk management service through the operation and maintenance of the Strategic Risk Management Framework setting out a consistent approach to the identification, management, mitigation and reporting of risks. This will include providing hands-on support and strategic guidance to drive progress and promote best practice ways of working to promote and embed the operation of the Strategic Risk Framework. The role will be responsible for the production and presentation of risk reports to senior management, Boards and Committees and the provision of risk management advice across the organisation. 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