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Compass4D project to test ‘cooperative vehicle’ systems

The European Union’s Compass4D ‘cooperative vehicles’ research project will be launched next week (January 28) at Vigo in Spain. The EUR10 million (US$13.3 million) project’s aims are to substantially improve road safety, increase energy efficiency and reduce the levels of traffic congestion. Coordinated by ERTICO – ITS Europe, Compass4D (Cooperative Mobility Pilot on Safety and Sustainability Services for Deployment) will involve 31 partners from 10 countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK. The project will test three cooperative systems: Forward Collision Warning, Red Light Violation Warning and Energy Efficient Intersection services. The services will be piloted over one year of ‘real-life driving’ in seven pilot cities: Bordeaux (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), Eindhoven-Helmond (Netherlands), Newcastle (UK), Thessaloniki (Greece), Verona (Italy) and Vigo (Spain).

Each of the pilot sites contains all partners for successful after-project life, from public authority to infrastructure supplier and users. The user groups will include commercial users, such as bus, emergency vehicle, truck and taxi drivers, as well as private motorists. In total the consortium aims to pilot 344 cooperative vehicles with more than 550 users. In addition to proving the benefits of the cooperative systems, the project aims to identify deployment opportunities, barriers to their implementation and finding solutions to any problems involved. An important part of the work will focus on defining business models, cost benefit analysis and exploitation plans.

The consortium partners, which includes: FIA, Idiada, Peek, Siemens, Swarco, Telecom Italia, Vialis and Volvo, plan to cooperate closely with their USA and Japanese associates; contributing to global harmonization of these services. Standardization cooperation with ETSI and CEN is already very strong and the certification framework, required for pan-European and global deployment of the services will be further developed. Compass4D aims to be the tool for European cities, road operators, vehicle fleets and all other road transport stakeholders, to support them in navigating their way to sustainable deployment of cooperative services.

January 24, 2013

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