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GM EXECUTIVE SAYS GREAT IVHS STRIDES MADE

 GM EXECUTIVE SAYS GREAT IVHS STRIDES MADE
 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Great strides have


been made in Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems (IVHS) in the United States, General Motors Executive Vice President F. Alan Smith told IVHS America annual meeting participants today.
 "Only three years ago," Smith said, "the Federal Highway Administration budget for IVHS activities was so small that it was hard to find -- $2 to $3 million. For the current fiscal year it is over $230 million."
 Smith is concluding his term as chairman of the board of directors of the IVHS organization. Gary W. Dickinson, GM vice president and group executive of the Technical Staffs Group, will replace him as a member of the board of directors.
 "IVHS offers improvements in both personal and public transport -- accommodating the propensities of American travelers to automobile, light truck and van usage while significantly improving the attractiveness of the transit alternatives as well," Smith said.
 In addition to the role IVHS America has played as a public-private sector coordinating organization, the executive and legislative branches of the national government have helped assure that the U.S. will be "a major player in IVHS activities," he said.
 Smith said there are many experiments of various IVHS technologies in development and implementation under way throughout the country.
 One such test, he said, is TravTek, which is "the most extensive traveler information system test project in the world." Currently there are 100 specially equipped Oldsmobiles in use in Orlando, Fla., and early reports about the system have been positive, Smith said.
 Most Americans are strong proponents of the motor vehicle, he said. Despite some critics, most of us want to be able to travel "when we wish, where we wish, in comfort, convenience and privacy."
 According to recent transportation data, dependence on automobiles is increasing in most metropolitan areas. Smith said, however, the issue is not personal transportation vs. public transit. It is a matter of "balance."
 General Motors is "a supporter of a balanced transportation system which satisfies both social and collective as well as individual and personal objectives," he added.
 Smith said that the acronym IVHS will become more familiar as intelligent vehicle highway systems begin to play an integral role "in preserving the freedom of mobility which Americans cherish."
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