SAFETY: Bombardier Transportation launched its Collision & Overspeed Monitoring & Prevention Assistance System for trams and light rail vehicles at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019. Testing of the technology will soon begin on trams in Wien and Blackpool.

Developed in co-operation with the Austrian Institute of Technology & Mission Embedded, COMPAS builds on Bombardier’s Obstacle Detection Assistance System that has been in service since 2017 and is now use d by five light rail operators.

COMPAS incorporates vision-based overspeed prevention and automated obstacle detection assistance. In the future, additional functions could be added such as increased vehicle autonomy that would enable automated operation in depots.

Bombardier expects COMPAS to be granted commercial service authorisation by mid-2020.