Self driving tech from Cirencester, Harwell and Warwick win places on scale-up programme


Three former Dyson engineers who worked together as the connected vehicle team on Dyson’s EV programme, cancelled last year after the company said it couldn’t make the project commercially viable, have won a place on a new scale-up programme to help develop their new business.

Beam Connectivity, based near Cirencester, helps unlock the value in the data generated by vehicle fleets. The company’s Connected Vehicle as a Service (CVaaS) is a robust platform connecting vehicles, cloud, IT infrastructure and mobile apps. Three of the four company directors worked together on Dyson’s EV programme and have now applied their experience to develop the highest performance, end to end, connected vehicle system.

Beam is one of just five winners on the Zenzic CAM Scale-up Programme, three of which are based in this region.

Zenzic, aims to accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK. Its scale-up programme gives UK-based, innovative self-driving technology SMEs and start-ups the opportunity to test and develop their products through its CAM Testbed UK.

Zenzic was created by government and industry to focus on key areas of UK capability in the global connected and self-driving sector. A sector predicted to be worth £907 billion by 2035.

The Zenzic CAM Scale-Up programme is supported by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), and delivered in partnership with Plug and Play a global innovation platform, bringing together startups and the world’s largest corporations.

The five winning start-ups will gain access to a shared pot of £500,000 in grant funding, as well as world-class technical and business assistance, and three of them are located across this region.

Beam Connectivity is joined by two other tech companies from across the region:

Eatron Technologies, based at Warwick Technology Park, is an intelligent software products company specialising in electric and autonomous vehicles.

Helix Technologies: is developing a range of compact, high-performance, dielectric-loaded ceramic antennas for use in a wide range of demanding telecommunications and navigation applications. Earlier this year the company, based at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, was also selected to join the Wayra Intelligent Mobility Accelerator programme.

Daniel Ruiz, CEO of Zenzic, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the level of quality showcased by all the companies who were shortlisted, and we sincerely thank them for entering. The five exciting companies who are being enrolled in the Zenzic CAM Scale-Up programme deserve particular congratulations for what they have achieved so far and for the huge strides forward they are taking. The UK has a strong track record delivering trusted, world-class solutions across safety assurance, cyber security, simulation, and certification. All these capabilities are vital to support the safe roll out of CAM services over the next 10 years, as per the UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030. The Zenzic CAM Scale-Up programme will enable the winning SMEs, who are already working in these sectors, to deliver their innovative products to market much faster. The opportunity to safeguard and support new UK capabilities is now all the more important as the country seeks to accelerate growth out of the sharp economic downturn.”