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TRAVTEK DRIVERS LIKE SYSTEM; PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP A SUCCESS

 ORLANDO, Fla., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout its one-year test which ends next week, close to 3,000 drivers have rented TravTek vehicles and driven more than a million miles in a 1,200-square-mile area of Central Florida, media were told at a briefing here today.
 Preliminary results reveal drivers are very positive in their ratings of TravTek's visual and auditory route guidance system. Drivers perceive the system as helping them save time, drive more safely to their destinations and pay more attention to their driving. In addition, renters also feel the system is easy to use and understand.
 TravTek, short for travel technology, is the most advanced Intelligent Vehicle/Highway System (IVHS) field test in the country. It includes navigation and route selection assistance, up-to-date traffic information and services information.
 TravTek's partners -- General Motors (GM), the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the City of Orlando -- shared the cost of the $12 million project.
 In addition to its technical sophistication, TravTek serves as a model for public/private partnerships and cooperation. According to Norman Van Ness, director of the FHWA Office of Traffic Management and IVHS, "TravTek provided a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the relationship between government and industry and work toward common transportation and mobility goals. The project was successful in all respects."
 Dr. Richard A. Moreau, executive director of engineering sciences at GM's Research and Development Center, said, "We'd like to thank the TravTek drivers who participated in the field study and 'test drove the future.' We at General Motors will listen carefully to what you told us about TravTek in hopes of designing a system which will exceed the needs of our customers when we offer a TravTek-like system in GM vehicles.
 "AAA's participation in TravTek was very beneficial since it confirmed expectations that both business and leisure travelers are highly interested in getting up-to-date detailed information on hotels, restaurants and attractions while they are traveling," said Kent Taylor, director of Advanced Traveler Information Products for AAA. "AAA will continue to explore new ways to deliver travel information electronically."
 "We're very pleased to have been part of an important transportation management prototype," Orlando Mayor Glenda E. Hood said. "We will continue to use leading-edge technology to provide our residents and visitors with the most efficient and safest roads system possible."
 George Gilhooley, Traffic Operations Engineer for District Five in Orlando, said, "The program was great. We learned a lot about the technology and that public agencies and private concerns can work together to develop successful programs like TravTek."
 Detailed evaluation results of the TravTek project will be released throughout the next 12 months as analysis is completed.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Roznowski of General Motors, 407-827-7020; Jerry Cheske of AAA, 407-444-8000; Zeborah English of FHWA, 202-366-0660; Dick Kane of FDOT, 904-488-3111; or Joe Mittiga of the city of Orlando, 407-246-2221/
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