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HUGHES SUBMITS TECHNOLOGY FOR ACCEPTANCE AS NATIONAL STANDARD

 HUGHES SUBMITS TECHNOLOGY FOR ACCEPTANCE AS NATIONAL STANDARD
 FULLERTON, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new electronics technology that could facilitate dramatic improvement in the traffic flow on highways and toll roads has been submitted by Hughes Aircraft Co. to national organizations for consideration as an industry standard for the nation.
 National standardized technology will provide high-speed, digital vehicle-roadside communications that could be used in "smart highways" now in the planning and development stages in California, New York, Florida, Minnesota and many other states.
 Two-way digital communications will be used to make the highways more efficient and safer to travel by providing information to drivers about accidents or traffic jams and recommending alternate routes as well as collect tolls while driving at full speed.
 "It's important that the nation and all the states investing money agree on an appropriate standard at this time, while everyone is still in the development stage," said Joe Capobianco, a group vice president at the Hughes Ground Systems Group. Hughes is a subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics.
 Hughes has proposed its vehicle-roadside communications technology to IVHS America of Washington, D.C., a national organization that has been developed to manage the development of the nation's Intelligent Vehicle Highway System infrastructure.
 The Hughes proposed standard also is currently under review by the American Society for Testing Materials, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for standards action.
 Urban and rural highway planners across the nation are determining the best way to use "smart" electronic communications, sensor, command and control, and other high technology systems to improve the efficiency and flow of new and existing highways and surface roads.
 Hughes previously submitted the same technology to the California Department of Transportation for consideration as its statewide standard.
 Hughes has agreements with Vapor operations of Mark IV Industries Inc. to produce and market compatible high-speed, digital vehicle- roadside communications systems that could be used in "smart highways" now in the planning stages in California and across the nation. The products also will be compatible with advanced technology already being tested on California roads.
 Initial applications for the Hughes-Vapor vehicle-roadside communications products are expected to be electronic toll collection, improving vehicle operations through state ports of entry and weigh stations, tracking of hazardous materials and for monitoring of vehicle congestion.
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 /CONTACT: Dan Reeder of Hughes Aircraft, 714-732-4631/ CO: Hughes Aircraft Co. ST: California IN: ARO AUT SU:


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