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DELCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY DEMONSTRATE SCHOOL BUS OBJECT DETECTION SYSTEM

 WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A new high-tech object detection system that informs school bus drivers that an unseen child may be dangerously near the bus was demonstrated today by Delco Electronics Corporation and Hughes Aircraft Company, subsidiaries of GM Hughes Electronics. This new device can make a child's trip to and from school on the bus a little safer.
 Called "Forewarn," the system uses radar technology to detect motion within certain danger areas surrounding a school bus. If a moving child is detected in such an area, the system warns the driver with audible and visual signals.
 "Forewarn is designed to aid school bus drivers," said Michael J. Burns, director of Delco Electronics' Body and Chassis Electronics Business Unit. "There are two primary areas around a bus," Burns said. "One is to the front of the bus; the other to the curb side and underneath the bus on that side. Forewarn covers both areas."
 The two-sensor system, designed by Delco Electronics and Hughes Aircraft Company, engages whenever the bus' stop-arm is extended and the bus is stopped. Audible and visual warnings of movement in the danger areas are issued by the Forewarn display unit mounted near the bus driver.
 Although Forewarn significantly increases the driver's awareness of children around the bus, Burns cautioned the system is meant to be an auxiliary device. "Forewarn supplements the driver's normal safety checks, including the bus' mirrors and a visual head count of children leaving the bus," Burns said.
 Forewarn will be marketed nationwide by school bus manufacturers and distributors. The system can be retrofit to in-service buses and is designed to support a variety of operating requirements.
 According to Burns, Forewarn represents the culmination of several years of research by Delco Electronics and Hughes. "The successful launch of this product reflects the combined efforts of the world leader in high-volume vehicle electronics -- Delco Electronics -- and the pioneering world leader in radar technology -- Hughes Aircraft," Burns said.
 Burns noted radar technology holds great potential in the automotive market. The current product, with slight modification, could find a home on everything from large recreational vehicles to large trucks. "Down the road, the product line could include collision warning devices, or any number of automotive applications of radar technology to help provide warnings during lane changes or when a vehicle is backing up," he said.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick E. Morrissey of General Motors Corp., 202-775-5015; or Dave Shea of Hughes Aircraft Co., 703-284-4245/


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