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Intelligent mobility

Intelligent mobility puts the human experience at the centre of transport decision-making, using data and technology to help to tackle longstanding issues like pollution, congestion and accessibility.

Intelligent mobility puts the human experience at the centre of transport decision-making, using data and technology to help to tackle longstanding issues like pollution, congestion and accessibility.

In growing towns and cities, mobility makes a community work. For Arup, ‘intelligent mobility’ is an ethos that looks beyond individual transport modes, to create more efficient and integrated networks, and meet greater social, economic and environmental goals.

Our teams work with clients on a wide range of intelligent mobility projects, focussing on three key areas of work:

How we can help

We help cities, transport authorities, developers, and investors to design, manage, integrate and operate the many systems that make up the mobility era in the following ways: 

Imagine the future

Imagine the future

Before any decisions are made, we carry out detailed scenario planning, evaluating local needs and making evidence-based predictions. We help you produce a plan that considers the complex systems and interactions between transport, people, the environment and technology. 

Read our research on re-thinking urban mobility in the UK

Develop sound policy

Develop sound policy

Transport touches many other urban priorities and any initiative has to be backed by sound policy. Our team develops rigorous plans and policies that can gain public support and build the case for investment.

Read our future of mobility and MaaS report

Understand the impacts

Understand the impacts

We take a data-driven approach to every mobility project. This means we can design systems based on how and why people travel and also assess the impact of a proposed new system or piece of infrastructure.

Learn more about how we're using data to inform decision making

Test and trial

Test and trial

Mobility investments have many implications from public safety to congestion, cyber security and energy use. Trials must be rigorously planned to ensure thorough testing in a controlled way. 

Find out how we're trialling self-driving cars in the UK

Make it happen

Make it happen

Finally, our mobility designers can engineer whole systems from scope through to technology and charging infrastructure. 

Discover how we designed and implemented a new tolling system in Ireland

Low emission mobility

Transport should enhance human health, not diminish it. According to the World Health Organisation, road traffic can contribute anything from 17-70% of air pollution. We help cities, towns and other national transport authorities to adopt, enable and encourage the use of low emission vehicles, offering support around strategy, technical and economic feasibility and implementation as they move to a low emission vehicle world.

Electric cars and buses are pivotal to radically lowering emissions. But they can only succeed if supported by the enabling infrastructure and clean grid they need. Other low-emitting fuels, like hydrogen, can play a role too. So-called ‘contained sites’ like airports, ports and university campuses are proving great places to explore these new approaches.


Some of our work

Shared, autonomous and connected mobility

Cities all over the world are having to rethink who will soon be using their streets, and how. A new class of ride-sharing, in autonomous and connected vehicles, seems to promise lower congestion and lower emissions. But if poorly managed, the number of vehicles could actually increase. Good planning is pivotal. 

There are many elements to consider: policies for changing street use; data governance and how new Mobility as a Service platforms (MaaS) could work; cyber security, changing safety issues, and many other implications. Arup is already working with cities and transport agencies around the world to prepare for this new era. For example, we've helped Infrastructure Victoria in Australia understand the potential transport engineering impacts, risks and opportunities presented by automated and zero emissions vehicles on local roads. 

In July 2014, UK Government launched a research competition to establish the UK as a global hub for the integration of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) into urban environments.  It was the largest trial of connected and self-driving vehicles ever to have taken place in the UK.

Learn more about work with CAVs

Mobility pricing and management

The introduction of one-day delivery, private-hire vehicles and e-scooters has meant the demands on our road networks are growing. Yet how we pay for our roads, with few exceptions, hasn’t changed. 

But change is coming. We are working with policy makers, transport authorities, and private interests who want to improve how we integrate the way we price and pay for our local, regional and national transport networks. We work with policy makers to deliver publically acceptable measures that drive desired behavioural changes, such as charging the highest polluting vehicles in our city centres or delivering policies that directly incentivise active travel and public transport use.

Our approach starts from the individual and the desired social outcomes, to develop mobility pricing solutions that incorporate new technologies, new business models and platforms, while developing policies that our communities and leaders can support.

Some of our work

Understanding the future of intelligent mobility

Our work is underpinned by in depth research and thought leadership, enabling us and our clients to understand a rapidly changing world now and for the future. Read more:

Discover how our team can help

You can access our Intelligent Mobility services through regional experts around the world. Wherever you’re based, we can help to support you to create environments where more people can enjoy integrated and seamless journeys.