Compass4D kick-off (EN)

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 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

Compass 4D is co-financed by the European Commission under the CIP - Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and is coordinated by ERTICO - ITS Europe

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Quotes from the participants:

Expressing his support for Compass 4D, Matthew Vincent, Deputy Sales and Marketing Director at Siemens, declared; "as a partner of the Compass4D programme, we look forward to making real demonstrable steps toward the group's shared vision of sustainable transport solutions, safety and environmental care”.

Region of Central Macedonia
Mr Apostolos Giantsis, Head of the General Directorate of Development Planning, Environment and Infrastructure of the Region of Central Macedonia declared that "we are partners and will actively support Compass4D as we share its vision towards sustainable transport solutions, safety and environmental care”.

City of Copenhagen
“The City Council of Copenhagen recently endorsed our plan for Climate and Green Growth. By this plan our vision is to become the World’s first CO2 neutral capital by 2025. We are looking forward to participate in the Compass4D project, and I am convinced that learning from the project will provide us with essential means to reach our ambitious goals” says Ayfer Baykal, Technical and Environmental Mayor of Copenhagen.

Mr Jan-Ove Östensen, Senior Vice President, Volvo Group Truck Technology, Advanced Technology & Research, said: "Volvo Group provides complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, offering a full range of commercial transport solutions. Our work is based on the core values of quality, safety and environmental care. As a member of Car2Car Communication Consortium, Volvo Group is one of the leading OEM:s in development and deployment of Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) for increased traffic safety and fuel efficiency.  For a successful deployment of C-ITS, we are partners and will actively support Compass4D as we share its vision towards sustainable transport solutions, safety and environmental care".

Newcastle City Council
Councillor Nigel Todd, Deputy Cabinet Member (Environment and Transport) for Newcastle City Council, declared: "Newcastle City Council supports co-operation with European partners as a means of learning from one another to address our common challenges. By being outward facing, the free flow of ideas and experiences can help all cities meet their goals for a cleaner environment. In particular, Compass 4D builds on our strong track record in Intelligent Transport Solutions, benefiting from our close links with the University of Newcastle. As partners, we will actively support Compass4D as we share its vision towards developing sustainable transport solutions, safety and environmental care”.

Jan Hendrik Sweers, CEO of Vialis said: “In the past years, we have demonstrated that cooperative systems can contribute to the efficiency, safety and sustainability of transportation. Together with our partners, we will now start deploying cooperative services as a permanent benefit to many stakeholders. Vialis will contribute to business models that guarantees benefits to users, particularly during the initial period when the penetration of cooperative systems in vehicles and along our roads is still in the growth phase”.

Hermann Meyer, ERTICO's CEO: “ERTICO is strongly supporting the deployment of cooperative systems in Europe and is working closely with cities and local authorities to achieve effective deployment. Therefore ERTICO is strongly committed to the work of Compass4D. It is an excellent example of ITS deployment and cooperation among cities, and we believe it will be a model case for the entire ITS community.”

FIA Region I
“Cooperative systems have the potential to not only improve road safety and efficiency, but also to reduce congestion. The FIA fully supports the goals of the Compass4D project to promote the deployment and standardisation of such new systems for the benefit of all road users.” Werner Kraus, President FIA Region I

About ITS and ERTICO

ERTICO – ITS Europe is a multi-sector, public/private partnership pursuing the development and deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS). We connect public authorities, industry players, infrastructure operators, users, national ITS associations and other organisations together and work to bring “Intelligence into Mobility”.

The ERTICO work programme focuses on initiatives to improve road safety, security and network efficiency whilst taking into account measures to reduce environmental impact. Our vision is of a future transport system working towards zero accidents, zero delays and fully informed people, where services are affordable and seamless, the environment is protected, privacy is respected and security is provided.

About the City of Vigo

The city of Vigo has 297,124 inhabitants, with an extended metropolitan population of 468,654, making it the 14th largest metropolitan area of Spain. At the beginning of the 20th century Vigo had less than 50,000 inhabitants; in 2012 its metropolitan area had almost half a million, making Vigo one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe.

Vigo is one of the leading industrial areas in Galicia, with car factories, shipyards, and auxiliary industry. Situated in Vigo is Galicia's leading employer, PSA Peugeot Citroën, which in 2007 produced a total of 545,000 vehicles, of which more than 82% were sold outside Spain.

Compass4D services will be deployed in a route that crosses the entire city centre and connects two of the main entrances to the city: AP-9 and A-55 highways. As soon as the city centre will be equipped, Vigo will have a complete area, covering urban and interurban environment, available to test and deploy cooperative services. This route was selected because the conditions for testing these services will be optimal and the city council is really interested in witnessing the positive effects of Compass4D services in this area.

There will be 17 equipped intersections and the system will be tested by 40 vehicles (buses, taxis, private vehicles and emergency vehicles).

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