Smart Mobility Challenge

Looking for solutions that help organisations make freight journeys smarter and greener

What is the Challenge?

Create a tool which helps organisations reduce the number of air polluting journeys their vehicle fleets make whilst transporting goods in urban areas. The tool should enable organisations to easily input their data, and suggest efficiency improvements tailored to them based on this.



The test partner’s (King’s College London) five campuses that are located in London’s Travel Zones 1-3, eventually scaling the solution to the whole of London.

Who are the end users?

Organisations that operate a fleet of vehicles and would like to better understand how they can move goods more efficiently.


What impact are we seeking?

  • The overall impact would be cleaner air in and around central London. King’s College and other organisations would be better informed as to how to make operations more efficient, saving money and reducing people’s exposure to air pollution. 
  • The short-term impact may include ‘re-moding’ (transition to cleaner modes of transport), re-timing of deliveries (reducing journeys made when most people are occupying the public realm) or reducing the number of polluting delivery vehicles (consolidating deliveries).
  • Long-term impacts include investment into cleaner fleets and/or reduction in fleet size, the movement of goods made more resilient and reliable as data expands.
  • Long-term impact also includes scalability of the solution across other fleet operators and locations

What will the Resilience Partner provide?

  • Facilitate meeting between working group members and ensure smooth collection of data
  • Background data into air pollution and how to calculate emissions from vehicles 
  • King’s College London will provide use of their fleet to test challenge solutions, they have the ability to make non-destructive changes/additions to their vehicles 
  • King’s College London will provide other journey related information and data from the King’s booking system which may inform how delivery demand is generated (how a journey is booked, booking requirements before a journey is made, minimum number of packages, etc).

What does good look like?

1. Generates data: 

  • Vehicle data (size, fuel)
  • Freight profile data (how full is it, what is it moving)
  • Vehicle movement (temporal, spatial)

2. Easy to use 

3. Compatible with vehicle changes or swaps

4. Generates insights into how goods are best moved:

  • A cleaner vehicle (e.g. cargo-bikes)
  • Journeys made at a better time 
  • Journeys consolidated

Background information

  • Across London pollution from particulate matter is above the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended limits; in 2019 there were no areas in London within the WHO guideline limit.
  • Air pollution is still the largest environmental risk to public health and contributes to shortening and reducing the quality of life of Londoners.
  • Organisations with multiple sites and vehicular fleets such as King’s College drive thousands of miles a year to move goods and in doing so, emit air pollution.
  • The current system at King’s is ‘reactive’: once a request for transport of goods is made, it’s carried out with only an occasional opportunity for consolidation to the same or nearby locations.
  • Not all air pollution is from fuel emissions – debris from tyre wear and braking also contribute. 
  • Reducing the number of miles driven and corresponding air pollutants while maintaining economic resilience is a key objective.

About the Resilience Partner

Better Bankside is a not-for-profit Business Improvement District of almost 1,000 local organisations covering the northern area in Southwark. Better Bankside is partnering with King’s College London in this challenge. King’s College London is one of the top three universities in London and is regarded as an institution of world-renowned education and research.