London FreightLab: meet our mobility innovators

Back in January, we revealed that Plexal’s innovation team was working with Transport for London (TfL), the Mayor of London and nine partners to deliver London FreightLab. The programme, which is part of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge, is aimed at tackling some of the biggest transport challenges relating to the ways goods are moved around the capital. We called on the innovation community to share their ideas and apply, and we’re now able to reveal who’s been selected for support.

These six companies will work with TfL to tackle road congestion caused by freight deliveries and will get £20,000 to develop their ideas:

AppyWay: a digital tool that helps organisations manage traffic flows, parking solutions and other kerbside activity.

EMSOL: an easy-to-use dashboard to help organisations use data to take action on air quality.

ENSO: a company that’s developing a new generation of more energy efficient, durable and sustainable tyres for electric vehicles.

Fernhay : zero-emission products for freight deliveries in cities.

Ford Mobility: based at the Here East camus, the team is designing, growing and investing in emerging mobility services and connectivity solutions.

Humanising Autonomy: real-time behaviour analysis software for accident and near-miss prevention to make the roads safer for vulnerable people

London FreightLab forms part of the Mayor’s wider efforts to make London a testbed city for technological innovation to make the lives of Londoners better while supporting the capital’s tech sector. Commenting on the Civic Innovation Challenge, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world – but we face some significant challenges. My flagship tech scheme – the Civic Innovation Challenge – is a unique opportunity for London’s best and brightest tech companies to tackle some of the capital’s most pressing problems.

“I’m so impressed with the high calibre of entrants this year and the standard of competition means I’m sure we’ll see some really exciting projects taken to the next level – including by gaining feedback directly from Londoners themselves. It’s only through the public and private sector working together that we’ll come up with the best ideas we need to help improve Londoners’ lives the future.”

If you’d like to learn more about our mobility innovation team’s work, contact the team on