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HUGHES WINS $2 MILLION CONTRACT FOR ADVANTAGE I-75 PROGRAM IN KENTUCKY

 FULLERTON, Calif., July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A $2 million contract has been awarded by the Federal Highway Administration's Advantage I-75 Policy Committee, with Kentucky as the lead state, to Hughes Aircraft Co. to install an automatic vehicle identification and driver communication subsystem for commercial vehicle operations along Interstate 75 and Canadian Route 401.
 Hughes, a subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics, will install an integrated system to expedite processing of commercial vehicles at weigh stations.
 The Advantage I-75 program supports commercial vehicles using a 2,000-mile north-south corridor stretching from the Ontario Province through Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. The Advantage I-75 Policy Committee serves as coordinator and administrator for the program which is part of the Federal Intelligent Vehicle Highway system.
 In the Hughes system, commercial vehicles are equipped with an in- vehicle electronic transponder containing the information on the truck and its weight. This data is communicated to electronic readers located near weigh stations, enabling approved commercial vehicle drivers to receive a bypass authorization. The system also updates the electronic trip packet data and maintains current status on the vehicle.
 The work will be performed on-site in the United States and Canada and at the Hughes Transportation Management Systems offices in Fullerton.
 "This award validates our technology and our efforts to establish a non-proprietary, public-domain, high-capacity vehicle-to-roadside communications protocol," said Bob Gregg, who heads Hughes Transportation Management Systems.
 "What is learned through performance on this contract will help to set the standards for commercial vehicle operations in North America. Since Hughes has been developing this technology for more than three years, we were able to bid an I-75 system which was fully compliant with both the current phase and the follow-on. That gave us a competitive edge."
 Phase II requires that in-vehicle transponders have the capability to interface with on-board computers. Because of the Hughes technology developed for in-vehicle communications, the requirements for Phase II will be delivered in Phase I.
 Delco Electronics will produce the transponders. Installation will be supported by Syntonic Technology Inc.
 As one of the heaviest truck routes in North America, truck operations on the I-75 represent a $7 billion annual enterprise.
 The earnings of GM Hughes Electronics Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corp., are used to calculate the earnings per share of General Motors Class H Common Stock (NYSE: GMH).
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 /CONTACT: Dan Reeder of Hughes Aircraft, 714-732-4631/
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