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TRAVTEK EVALUATION PROGRAM

 TRAVTEK EVALUATION PROGRAM
 /ADVANCE/NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorists in


100 specially equipped 1992 Oldsmobile Toronados have driven nearly 100,000 miles since the TravTek (short for travel technology) test began on March 25 in Orlando, Fla.
 In addition to being the most comprehensive test of an Intelligent Vehicle Highway System (IVHS) in the U.S., the TravTek project will provide the most extensive IVHS research results, a top researcher said here today.
 "The TravTek evaluation program is the most extensive IVHS field research program to date -- the scientific benefits will be exceptional," Dr. Joseph I. Peters, assistant vice president and director of the Human Performance Technology Division of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), told participants at the IVHS America annual meeting.
 "At the conclusion of the test next year, TravTek evaluation data will provide an unprecedented human performance data base for knowing the benefits that driver information systems offer in reducing traffic congestion and understanding how people interact with these systems -- thus resulting in a user-tested, user-friendly system," Dr. Peters said.
 Costs of the $12 million project are shared among the TravTek partners: General Motors (NYSE: GM), the American Automobile Association (AAA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Orlando.
 The evaluation program is comprised of 11 separate but integrated studies to assess aspects of driver performance and perception such as safety; hardware, software, and data base accuracy and reliability; and system benefits such as trip time savings and congestion avoidance.
 Test drivers primarily will be AAA members visiting Orlando and renting vehicles from Avis and high-mileage drivers from the Orlando area. Comparing local and rental drivers should help show how the system serves the trip planning, navigation and traffic information needs of people purchasing it for use in a familiar area versus those using it temporarily in an unfamiliar area.
 In addition, controlled driving experience studies will be conducted to understand time savings and human factors design issues.
 SAIC, which has been contracted by the FHWA to conduct the independent evaluation program, will provide the partners with assessments on each of the 11 studies.
 Dr. James H. Rillings of GM's Research and Environmental Staff and project manager for TravTek said: "GM and the other partners saw the tremendous possibilities of a comprehensive evaluation program. The partners knew time invested in research throughout the program would benefit not only us, but future intelligent vehicle and driver navigational projects."
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 /CONTACT: Mary T. Roznowski of GM News Relations, 313-986-5717/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Corporation; American Automobile Association;
 Federal Highway Administration; Florida Dept. of Transportation ST: Florida, California IN: AUT TRN SU:


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