New EU project starts deploying road safety and energy efficiency services in seven European cities

Vigo, 28 January 2013 - ERTICO - ITS Europe is pleased to announce the launch of the new EU co-funded project Compass4D. The project will prove the benefits of cooperative systems and deploy services for road users to increase road safety and energy efficiency, while reducing the level of congestion in road transport.

Compass4D target users are drivers of buses, emergency vehicles, trucks, taxis, electric vehicles and private cars. They all need information to make their driving safer, less stressful and more energy efficient. As a consequence, bus drivers will get support to better keep their time schedules. Emergency vehicles will safely reduce response times to emergency situations and drivers of electric vehicles will benefit from extended driving range. Truck, taxi and bus drivers will be more relaxed when travelling through equipped intersections.

One of the cooperative Intelligent Transport Services (ITS) promoted by Compass4D is the Energy Efficient Intersection Control, giving priority to emergency vehicles and allowing all vehicles to adapt their speed to the traffic lights timing.

The work of Compass4D is driven by the needs of cities and public road authorities, which will play a central role in the project as providers of real-time information provided by the infrastructure to the vehicles. The services implemented by Compass4D will be kept even after the end of the project, therefore solid business models and exploitation plans will be developed to ensure the continuity and future sustainability of the services. The work plan includes standardisation for global deployment and cooperation with US and Japanese associates.

The Compass4D consortium consists of 31 partners from 10 countries and is coordinated by ERTICO - ITS Europe. It started in January 2013 and it will last three years.

The pilots of real life driving will involve at least 574 users and 334 vehicles in 7 European cities (Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Eindhoven-Helmond, Newcastle, Thessaloniki, Verona and Vigo) over one year, but the amount of users and vehicles are expected to grow during the project.

The Mayor of Vigo, Mr Abel Caballero, and other high-level executives, including Matthew Vincent, Deputy Sales and Marketing Director at Siemens; Hossein Zakizadeh, Director Connected Vehicle & Infrastructure at Volvo and representatives from the City of Copenhagen, CTAG, ESYCSA and VITRASA attended the press conference held on 28 January 2013 in Vigo (Spain) on the occasion of the kick-off meeting of the project.

For more information on the project, please contact:
Pierpaolo Tona - Compass4D project coordinator
Tel: 0032 02 400 07 30

For all media enquiries, please contact:
Carla Coppola
Tel: 0032 02 400 07 45

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