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FLORIDA'S MODERN EXPLORERS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT TRAVTEK

 ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1521, when the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon began his fruitless search for Florida's fountain of youth he might have saved time and trouble by consulting with Ann Marie Garvey, a AAA member from Philadelphia.
 Since last March, Garvey and 2,150 other recent travelers to Orlando have participated in the one-year test of TravTek -- a $12-million smart car/smart highway system that provides drivers with detailed road and travel information for the Orlando area.
 "TravTek gives people confidence to go into new areas without fear of getting lost," Garvey said. "My traveling companions and I put a lot of faith in the car."
 A joint project of the American Automobile Association, General Motors Corp., the Federal Highway Administration, Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Orlando, TravTek is testing whether an in-car navigation and travel information system makes driving easier and lessens traffic congestion.
 A report prepared for the Federal Highway Administration shows that the first 514 TravTek drivers surveyed were enthusiastic about the system. They gave TravTek a strong rating of 5.1 on a scale from one (poor) to six (excellent).
 Driving 100 specially equipped Oldsmobile Toronados, TravTek explorers can have the system generate the best route to their destination, navigate via a computerized map displayed on an indashboard screen and respond to verbal driving directions.
 "TravTek is great," said James Nardo of Poulsbo, Wash., an early participant in the test. "My wife and I saw so much more this trip because we rented a TravTek car. It saved us time and enabled us to go places we never would have found."
 "We arrived at Orlando's airport at night," explained Ronnie Bakalarski of Pleasant Hills, Pa. "The TravTek voice guided us to the hotel without our having to worry about seeing street signs in the dark. It told us every turn, every intersection."
 Forty-three percent of drivers interviewed said the feature they liked most was the system's ability to plan their route. Thirty-three percent favored the services/attractions menu; 23 percent, voice guidance; and 22 percent, maps.
 With its 1,200-square-mile navigable map of Central Florida streets, TravTek can accurately guide motorists along the best routes to their destinations. Meeting associates for dinner, Garvey tested this feature.
 "We received directions from the restaurant but decided to let the car guide us instead," Garvey said. "The car showed us how to bypass the exit the restaurant suggested, which looked backed up. We arrived at the restaurant about a half-hour ahead of our associates who had followed the restaurant's directions."
 Initial study results also suggest drivers like the "Where Am I?" button on the steering wheel that prompts the TravTek voice to state the car's location. Bill Young of Costa Mesa, Calif., found the feature essential on a recent business trip.
 "An accident happened in front of me. I dialed 911 on the cellular phone but because I was unfamiliar with the freeway I couldn't tell the dispatcher my location. 'Where Am I?' told me the answer, which I passed on to the dispatcher," Young said.
 Unlike the sparsely populated landscape Ponce de Leon explored, today's heavy traffic calls for motorists skilled in urban navigation. TravTek, short for Travel Technology, may someday help motorists save time and fuel, reduce road congestion and increase traffic safety.
 For more information, or to rent a TravTek car in Orlando, call AAA at 800-759-2270.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske of AAA, 407-444-8000; Mary Roznowski, of GM, 313-986-5717; Dave Frederickson, of FHWA, 202-366-0660; Dick Kane, of FDOT, 904-488-3111; Harry Campbell, of Orlando, 407-246-3255/


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