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Monique SethWelcome to the MCAV Newsletter. See the latest news and opportunities in the emerging Driverless Vehicle sector.

‘We live in exciting times where the lines between science fiction and science fact have become blurred, we are keen to build on the investment Midland businesses have received from Innovate UK to help continue on developing our regional economy and investments in people and skills.’

Monique Seth, Conigital Lead Partner for MCAV

Latest News

Should we be testing driverless cars in the real world?

Tesla introduced new safety measures to its autopilot system last year. Meanwhile Uber has withdrawn its autonomous vehicles from public testing. Read More

VW tests automated parking system at German airport

We’ve seen a handful of concepts to help alleviate the stress of parking in congested areas, but Volkswagen has taken things a step further. Read More

How much would you trust an autonomous vehicle?

Passengers’  of these features is based on many factors, most particularly their experiences with elements that can transfer a certain amount of the driving to the car. But few people have any experience with autonomous cars, and so will need to see how these self-driving vehicles work. Read More

Volvo introduces its first all-electric truck

The FL Electric is a 16-ton delivery truck, meant to handle urban distribution and waste management jobs silently and without belching exhaust fumes. As cities limit diesel vehicle usage, electric trucks will continue to have access everywhere they need to go. Read More

Transport Data in an insecure world

A commentator on my recent blog post made an important observation. He commented: “So long as there are no bad actors attempting to misuse the data this would be perfect. Read More

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*Special Offer for MCAV Members*

Working with our partners EEN, and in conjunction with Innovate UKMCAV are delighted to offer  fully funded spaces to UK businesses and research institutions, to attend a visit to the Netherlands on the 17 and 18 May. This mission will offer those looking to submit a bid for Horizon 2020 funding the opportunity to meet other like-minded partners to form the necessary consortium to apply. The mission takes place at the Automotive Campus in Helmond. Apply Now

TOP Jobs:

Microsoft: Lead Data Scientist – Expectations and success The term ‘lead’ applies to four basic elements of the role. These are relentless customer-driven focus on business outcomes, collaboration, rock solid solutions that scale, and driving the success of other Data Scientists. You will be measured on outcomes, not hours, in those four areas. Apply

Kiss Communications: Digital Project Manager – KISS is an ambitious, strategy-led creative agency with a focus on science, technology and education. As our name suggests, we Keep It Successfully Simple in the way we think, work and create. KISS is based in Cambridge, the UK’s fastest growing city economy. Apply

Cambridge Design Partnership: Senior Consultant Scientist – As our senior consultant scientist, you will apply a ‘first principle’ analysis and problem solving approach to our toughest innovation challenges. While specialising in your field, you will also possess a broad scientific knowledge across Natural Sciences, and a hands on, rigorous experimental approach. Apply

Transport Systems Catapult: Principal Technologist – Systems Engineering, Connectivity – The Systems Engineering Capability Team covers all aspects of automation and connectivity for the movement of people and goods across all transport modes, encompassing autonomous pods, self-driving cars and trucks, rail transport and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Apply

Nimvelo: Junior DevOPS Engineer – We are looking for a dynamic and talented individual to join our innovative team and help take our services to the next level. This is an important new role and we are looking for applicants with a strong technical background who are looking to move into the exciting and fast-paced world of DevOps. Apply

Talis: Senior DevOPS Engineer:- £40,000-£60,000 You will be an active member of the Platform team reporting to the Head Of Platform. The Platform team is wholly responsible for developing and provisioning applications into Amazon Web Services. We are a small Agile Engineering team that comprises of many cross functional skills that build, deploy, and monitor API based services for use by our Enterprise applications. Apply

ARM: Configuration Management Engineer – You will join a multinational and dynamic Agile software development team located in Cambridge, UK which is part of the wider Mali GPU driver development group spread across 4 countries in 2 continents. The team ensures that the Mali GPU driver effectively incorporates incoming features from a variety of different technology groups while maintaining high levels of quality and releasability. Apply

Cambridge Design Partnership: Electronics Engineer – This is a challenging and exciting role, and as an engineer working within our multidisciplinary teams, you will be responsible for developing electronic designs for a range of products and processes in the healthcare, consumer, industrial and energy sectors. Apply

Upcoming Events:

Midlands Monday Mesh: 23rd April  2018 – The second edition of our Midlands tech networking drinks. Come and grab a drink with a group of likeminded individuals in the tech sector from in and around our region. Read More

A rail renaissance for the West Midlands: 24th April 2018 – The launch of the new West Midlands rail franchise in December 2017 marked the beginning of a major change for rail in the region. With unprecedented local influence, and a franchisee focussed on creating demonstrable change, it is an ideal time to hear from two local leaders charged with the responsibility for making change happen. Read More

Automotive Power Electronics Scoping Workshop: 26th April 2018 – KTN will facilitate a scoping workshop on 26th April to identify cross sector challenges and opportunities to enhance the UK Electric Vehicle supply chain. Non-traditional and out of sector players are strongly encouraged to join us to explore the challenges of participating in the scale-up of the rapidly growing EV sector. Read More

GDPR: Getting you Prepared – Huntingdon: 3 May 2018 – GDPR is not just about what marketing material you can send to your customers. It also covers all ‘data processing’ that your business undertakes, whether that is done on a computer or on paper. Read More

Location technology for assisting disabled people: 3 May 2018 – LBS for disabled people covers a very broad range of technologies. For instance, a connected city may provide people with information on which bus stop to use and when to expect the next service; or a map to indicate the accessible entrances to a building, rather than just an address. Read More

Electric, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Mission to Holland: 17 – 18 May 2018 – Innovate UK and Enterprise Europe Network are offering UK businesses and research institutions who are involved in the Electric, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles sectors to join them on a mission to the Netherlands.Read More

Transport Data Initative #7: Leeds: June 21 2018 – event details coming soon Read More

Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference 2018 – June 21 2018 – The Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference in association with Bouygues Energies & Services takes place on June 21st in Milton Keynes and will be a day of discussion and opportunity with the region’s business and public sector leaders coming together to discuss and debate the key business themes and opportunities for growth. Read More

QA Hack: AI Hackathon: 23 June 2018 – Join QA’s 7 hour hackathon and delve deeper into the world of AI. Whether you are an expert or a newbie in AI, we welcome you to join this event to prototype and find solutions to real-world problems. The challenges will be announced during the kick off of the event, you will be able to pick one of the challenges to work on with a team. Read More

MCAV Interview of the Week: Bart Dalton
from Bart Dalton Consulting

About MCAV

The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) cluster has been set up to support new and existing businesses enter the growing Connected Autonomous Vehicles (“CAV”) market. KPMG research indicates that the CAV market has the potential to add £51 billion per year to the UK economy by 2030, create 320,000 new jobs and prevent 25,000 accidents saving 2500 lives per year. Find the latest Market Forecast report by Transport Systems Catapult here. MCAV are based at iCentrum, part of Innovation Birmingham, the UK’s third oldest science park and a base for the region’s growing Tech community.

MCAV will create a technology corridor between Cambridge and Birmingham to develop a platform for members to stimulate collaborative innovation through high-profile networking events and Special Interest Groups (“SIGs”). This will help members facilitate new networks, build consortia for tenders and recruit highly skilled individuals. For more information please see: www.mcav.org.uk.

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