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

Alibaba-backed AutoX operates fully autonomous RoboTaxi with largest area in Shenzhen

AutoX, has become the first RoboTaxi company to operate a fully driverless RoboTaxi fleet in an entire Chinese megalopolis district in Shenzhen. AutoX was the first Chinese company and second company in the world to offer L4 fully driverless RoboTaxi service when it launched its pilot service in Shenzhen. Read More

UPS will make deliveries using Waymo’s autonomous Class 8 trucks

Waymo and UPS are expanding their nearly two-year-old partnership to include deliveries made using the Alphabet company’s fleet of autonomous Class 8 trucks. The companies had previously only conducted local deliveries using Waymo’s self-driving minivans; now, they will work together on longer-distance freight hauling. Read More

Clemson Corner: Clemson, Ford launch driverless prototype

The future is autonomous and electric, and a team of Clemson students brought it to life through a vehicle prototype designed for 2030 smart city life. In partnership with Ford Motor Company, Department of Automotive Engineering students unveiled their design. It is the University’s first self-driving passenger vehicle prototype developed through  Deep Orange program. Read More

Apple reportedly wants to launch a self-driving EV in 2025 with a custom chip

Apple has completed “much of the core work” on a new processor meant to power its secretive autonomous electric car project known as Titan, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports. The milestone comes as Apple is reportedly now accelerating its timeline for the autonomous car it’s developing, with a new target of launching it in just four years. Read More

GM-Backed Cruise Launches Driverless Robotaxi Service In San Francisco, Seeks Approval To Commercialize It

The San Francisco-based self-driving car startup has started providing its fully driverless Robo-taxi service in the city. The first ride was provided to Kyle Vogt – co-founder, CTO, and president of Cruise. The service is currently available for employees of the company as the license that the startup has is still only for testing. Read More

Lyft and partner to launch fully driverless public ride-hail service in Las Vegas

California-based app Lyft, Inc. and Motional, a global leader in driverless technology, have announced the planned launch of a fully driverless public ride-hail service in Las Vegas, the first city in a multimarket deployment. The service will be the first time that fully driverless cars for use in a ride-hailing service are available to the public in Nevada. Read More

BMW is turning to Qualcomm to supply chips for the automaker’s self-driving cars

Qualcomm Inc said that German automaker BMW will use its chips in its next-generation driver-assistance and self-driving systems. San Diego-based Qualcomm is the world’s biggest supplier of chips for mobile phones but has been diversifying its business, with more than a third of its chip sales coming from sources other than handsets. 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 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

Connecting for Climate Change – Unleashing innovation post COP26: Circular Economy: November 24th, 2021 – KTN will be hosting a series of webinars in the wake of COP26, that will explore how we can work together to convert the agreements from the summit into reality. In this event we will be building on discussions at COP26 we’ll be turning talk into innovation as we set out our plan for accelerating the transition to a circular economy. Join this event for an enlightening look at the actions we can take to ensure we aren’t just going round in circles. 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

5G in Transport & Logistics: Freight & Ports: November 29th, 2021 – Join this webinar from UK5G and KTN to explore the benefits of implementing 5G across ports and freights operations – as well as learn more from those who have already introduced this new technology into their operations. 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

Getting to Net Zero locally – practical tools for local authorities: December 6th, 2021 – In this session, which will be of interest to local authority stakeholders working on net zero, as well as other partners with a role to play in the transition, we will demonstrate the tools – which are free to use and designed to help Make or refine plans to reach net zero in a local authority area – and which reflects the unique characteristics and capabilities of that area. 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

ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries : Demonstrators EoI – The aim of the competition is to fund research and development projects that demonstrate future technologies, capable of addressing the resource or energy efficiency challenges of the UK’s Foundation Industries. These will be cross-sector, collaborative, demonstration projects. Your proposal must include significant industry investment. Read More

Circular economy for SMEs – innovating with the NICER programme – This funding forms part of the UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research programme (NICER), enabling SMEs to engage with and benefit from access to expertise at five research centres via collaborative research and development (CR&D) activities. The aim of this competition is to support feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development that address the challenges of transitioning to a circular economy. 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

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

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


WMCA: Data Coordinator – The role will be responsible for supporting the Data Insight Service, reporting into the Product Manager, in the collection, chasing and management of data provided by external partners into the central hub of transport and land use planning. This data is used to monitor performance, manage upcoming schemes communication. The role provides an opportunity to work with the Data Insight Service and the partner organisations to continually improve how the data is collected to increase the frequency, minimise the input effort and to validate the data against other sources, ensuring timely, accurate and trusted information. Apply

WMCA: Policy Advisor – Your new role with the WMCA as a Policy Advisor will see you working across the Housing & Regeneration Directorate, leading, developing and delivering on regional policies across a broad range of subjects.  Initially, your work will include (but won’t be limited to) Advanced Manufacturing in Construction, WMCA’s Regional Design Charter and Zero Carbon Homes. WMCA’s policy agenda is broad, and continually developing, as we respond to the needs of our stakeholders and interpret national policy. Apply

University of Warwick: Precision Engineer x 2 – The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint two Precision Engineers to provide technical support for undergraduate and postgraduate students and provide technical support for research to academics and research personnel, ensuring a range of laboratory and teaching equipment is properly maintained. You will have successfully completed an engineering apprenticeship to HNC / ONC Eng. qualification or equivalent relevant work experience. Apply 

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 

WMCA: Performance Manager (ESF) – Internal Only – Productivity & Skills are looking for a Performance Manager (European Social Fund) to join them on a secondment for up to two years.   You will be responsible for providing contract management, performance management and implementation of the deliverables for the effective delivery of the ESF Find Your Future Project across the West Midlands. Productivity & Skills, the employment, education and skills arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority is committed to ensuring that every resident can reach their potential and that business growth is accelerated through access to a skilled workforce. 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 

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 Project Engineer (Ageing Modelling – Aerospace Electrification) –  WMG are looking for someone with expertise in the practicalities of battery pack design and especially mitigation of cell, module and pack level ageing effects, derived from experience of electro-thermal modelling. These models will be at a cell or pack level or, ideally, a combination of these. Experience of battery ageing modelling in industrial R&D and first implementation in a ‘real world’ environment will be an advantage. You will need a track record of carrying out high quality ageing modelling work, experience in battery ageing management and strategies to reduce the impact of ageing. Practical experience of ageing characterisation and measurement will be an advantage. Apply

Catapult: Market Economist –  The role will provide high quality analysis to support the development and validation of financial and business models, for new, innovative products and services  across a number of sectors in mobility and the built environment. It will also provide insight into economic trends and evaluate investment potential and examine and interpret a range of data to provide insight and enable decision-makers to make informed investment decisions. Apply

WMCA: Team Administrator- As Team Administrator you will provide general administrative support to the Housing and Regeneration directorate.  You will support delivery of the Annual Business plan and various other projects and programmes, coordinate and manage diaries across the directorate and work collaboratively with the rest of the team. This role will provide a high level of administration support to the senior leadership group and contribute to key workstreams and working groups. Apply

WMCA: Transport Performance Analyst – The role will be responsible for supporting the Data Insight Service, reporting into the Product Manager, in the collection and management of data provided by external partners.. This data is used to monitor performance, manage upcoming schemes communication and primarily update the transport modelling and forecasting. The role provides an opportunity to work with the Data Insight Service and the partner organisations to continually improve how the data is collected to increase the frequency, minimise the input effort and to validate the data against other sources, ensuring timely, accurate and trusted information. Apply

Catapult: Environmental Economist – The role will undertake a broad range of analysis on the environmental & economic impacts of new technologies across multiple domains, including mobility, the built environment and decarbonisation. This is an exciting time to join a team that is conducting ground-breaking analysis and thought leadership on the impacts of new and innovative products, services and technologies. You should be passionate and skilled at conducting rigorous qualitative and quantitative analysis throughout various stages of programme lifecycles. 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