Getting a move on with the future of mobility
We’re on the cusp of a mobility revolution that will radically transform the way we move. But we’re not there yet.
That’s why we’re bringing together a community of large enterprises, innovators and public sector bodies, from electric scooter company Bird to TfL and the startups in our community.
We offer everything from in-market experiments and bespoke consultancy to roundtables that result in action.
So whether you’re looking to join our workspace as a member or work with our mobility innovation team on a specific challenge, get in touch.
Our mobility programmes
The future of mobility is…
New business models and technologies could usher in a golden age of personalised mobility – but what choices nudging people towards?
People have myriad preferences, desires and challenges when they set about going from A to B – and mobility solutions should be smart enough to offer them personalised options. We’re looking forward to a future of joined-up transport networks – of travel moving from being a series of separate journeys to an integrated and intelligent mobility ecosystem that will allow us to collect more holistic data about people’s travel patterns.
Our mobility future is intertwined with cybersecurity – and that’s a non-negotiable.
Whether it’s making Mobility as a Service happen, learning from pilots or understanding people’s preferences, data is the oil in the engine of progress.
As our transport infrastructure becomes more connected, we have a shared responsibility to collect data transparently, use it responsibly and secure it.
This is particularly challenging in the UK where we’ve inherited transport systems that are over a hundred years old. Securing travel involves creating new solutions that are secure by design and default while also considering how they’ll interact with legacy systems and critical infrastructure.
If we don’t get the security part of the equation right, people will opt out and the pace of innovation will slow down.
Our work: Learn about LORCA, the cybersecurity programme Plexal’s delivering to make the internet safer for everyone.
Cities across the world are facing similar challenges. How can they continue to grow, while improving air quality and easing congestion?
Air pollution kills people and creates £20m worth of health problems. And since transport is one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions, we have a huge opportunity to make a difference.
Electric vehicles, active travel, micromobility and ridesharing can make travel less polluting and ease our dependence on cars, but we have to overcome legislative and cultural barriers if we’re going to see them deployed.
Myths around EV could stymie progress, while Britain still hasn’t gotten into the habit of shared transport. We need to get to the heart of why this is and put the right counter-measures in place, whether it’s shinier carrots or better marketing.
The reasons why people opt out of more active choices like dockless bikes or walking are complex and varied – some people demand more reliability while others are concerned about safety. Rather than preaching and expecting consumers to lead the way, industry and government should innovate in response to behavioural insights.
Our work: learn about how our member Bird is planning to make the way we travel for short distances more environmentally friendly.
Everyone should have access to affordable, efficient and high-quality transport options.
There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK, and with an ageing population more and more of us will require mobility solutions that are designed for accessibility by default.
We also need to find ways of making our existing transport infrastructure more inclusive – and this will require collaboration across sectors and between government, startups, researchers, investors and more.
Making mobility accessible for all enables everyone to play an active role in society and the economy. It can also be a powerful enable for innovation: when you design for disability, it usually leads to better designs for everyone.
Our work: read our report from our roundtable on accessible mobility, our London RoadLab programme for TfL and our OpenDoor accelerator, which is supporting mobility innovator Grid Smarter Cities.
We envision a data-driven transport future that enables experimentation, personalisation and informed decision-making.
Government and the private sector are already sitting on a mountain of transport data, which is only set to grow as our infrastructure becomes more connected and smart sensors are placed on vehicles.
And as well as making road travel to become safer and personalising travel, it could also enable us to make better decisions. Testbeds are a critical componence of a connected mobility ecosystem, and we’re gearing up for a future where data flows out of testbeds, feeding into new product development or policy decisions. By becoming smarter, we’ll balance risk with reward.
Being smarter doesn’t just mean collecting more data or connecting more objects to the internet. Data is only useful if we find collaborative ways to share and make sense it in a way that benefits people. We’re encouraging a mobility innovation culture that embraces experimentation, testing…and bravery.
Our work: learn about our London RoadLab programme, which supported solutions that could make roadworks smarter.
Our location: find us in London’s mobility cluster
You’ll find us at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which has become London’s hotbed for mobility innovation and a testbed for tomorrow’s solutions.
Electric scooter unicorn Bird is doing a micromobility pilot here, the innovators from our London RoadLab programme have used the Here East shuttle bus to test mobility sensors, Ford Mobility has parked its Smart Mobility Innovation Office on the Here East campus and the Smart Mobility Living Lab is doing exciting work in the park.
Become a member
From Bird to Grid Smarter Cities, we’re bringing the country’s most exciting mobility companies together at our workspace.
As a member, you’ll enjoy regular events, get support to help you scale and access a diverse community startups, scaleups, academia and corporates.
Work with our innovation team
Whether you want to test an idea, solve a specific challenge, scale a solution or connect with the right organisations and innovators, our mobility team will create a solution designed around your needs.
Innovation programmes like incubators and accelerators
Live testbeds and in-market experiments
Convene stakeholders through forums and roundtables
Our mobility ecosystem