School of Engineering



ITS cooperative systems can provide concrete solutions to road safety, energy efficiency and urban congestion problems. It assists the driver in avoiding accidents and providing the information required to choose the best route.

Project PI: Professor Phil Blythe
Project Leader: Dr Yvonne Huebner
Sponsors: EU ICT PSP
Partners: Kobenhavns Kommune, Centre For Research And Technology Hellas, Region de Central Macedonia, CTAG, Equipos de Señalizacion Y Control S.A., Ertico - ITS Europe, Eurotaxi, Federation Internationale de L’automobile, Geoloc System, Gemeente Helmond, Institute of Communication and Computer System, Idiada Automotive Technology S.A., Ifsttar, Infotrip, International Road Transport Union, Mat Traffic, Ministere de L’ecologie du Développement Durable et de L’energie, Peek Traffic B.V., Siemens, Swarco Mizar, Newcastle City Council, Telecom Italia S.P.A., Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Topos Aquitaine, Newcastle University, V-Tron BV, Comune di Verona, Vialis BV, Ayuntamiento de Vigo, Viguesa de Transportes Sl Vitrasa, Volvo Technology AB.
Associated Partners: Cetecom, Cobra, Commsignia, European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Rohde & Schwarz, Testing Technologies, Van Den Broek Logistics
Start/end dates: 2013-2016

Project details

Compass4D services are meant for drivers of buses, taxis, trucks, emergency vehicles, electric vehicles and private cars that can use cooperative systems to make their journey safer, less stressful and more energy efficient.

Compass4D services 

The Road Hazard Warning service aims to reduce road collisions by sending drivers warning messages which would raise their attention level. It can also inform drivers of what the most appropriate behavior would be in relation to the hazards they face.

The Red Light Violation Warning service aims to increase drivers’ alertness at signalised intersections. This will reduce the number and severity of collisions.

The Energy Efficient Intersection service aims to advise drivers about the speed to adopt on their route when approaching an intersection to avoid last minute breaking. This service will also give priority to selected vehicles, for example emergency vehicles or delayed buses at intersections.

Compass4D will deploy these services thanks to a combination of established technologies developed in previous research and deployment projects such as FREILOT and COSMO, and available pre-commercial equipment. Dedicated short range communication (ETSI G5) and cellular networks (3G/LTE) will be used, following ETSI TC ITS standards.

Academic staff

  • Professor Phil Blythe


  • Dr Yvonne Huebner