This experiment uses cooperative intelligent transport systems to allow some drivers to turn red lights green. Funded by the European Commission, the Compass4D project hopes by giving ambulances and other high-priority automobiles this power, the number of traffic accidents and congestion will decrease.
Participants have a dashboard with Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) integrated into their vehicles. Similar to an iPad, this onboard communications system is connected to a traffic control center that gives advice on how fast drivers need to go to make green lights and what roads to choose to avoid collisions. Priority vehicles like cargo trucks, buses and ambulances will get green lights when they come up to intersections. The Compass4D initiative will take place in seven European cities.