Telecommunication and partners announce "hands on" plan for commute of 
the future 
Business Editors 
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 1994--The commute of the future 
is at hand, said a consortium of private and public organizations that 
will display "intelligent" electronic traffic and commute services on 
wrist watches, portable computers and car stereos.   
The consortium, involving consumer and electronics industry giants, 
announced it has received $5.5 million in state and federal government 
funding to test a high-speed FM subcarrier data broadcast system for 
disseminating en route information to consumers through affordable, 
reliable, multi-use devices.  The long-term goal for this test is to 
help drivers and commuters determine the most time-efficient and 
cost-effective ways to reach their destinations, while reducing 
congestion on the country's busy streets and highways.  
This group, called the Seattle Consortium for IVHS (Intelligent 
Vehicle Highway Systems) Technologies, consists of International 
Business Machines Inc. (IBM), Delco Electronics Corp., Seiko 
Telecommunication Systems Inc., the Washington State Department of 
Transportation, the University of Washington, the King County 
Department of Metropolitan Services, Etak Inc., and Metro Traffic 
Working together, these organizations will make the following 
types of information available on familiar mass market products:  
-- Descriptions of major traffic incidents, road construction sites 
and major highway lane volume;  
-- City maps with mass transit vehicle locations;  
-- Car navigation information based on a Global Positioning System;  
-- Route schedules for buses, ferries and other mass transit 
-- Automated ride-share programs that match people to car pools;  
-- Personal information services (paging messages, weather 
forecasts, sports scores, ski condition reports, winning lottery 
numbers, etc.) for keeping people in touch when on the go.  
The two-year test, worth more than $7 million, is unique in that it 
will add traffic and commute services to existing products, rather than 
create new, dedicated, single-function IVHS products which can be 
costly to consumers.  The consortium will simply enhance products that 
are commonly used throughout the day for business or personal reasons.  
The test will be conducted in the Seattle metropolitan area.  
This test is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's IVHS 
Strategic Plan aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the 
nation's surface transportation system.  This strategic plan is 
expected to require a public infrastructure investment on the order of 
$40 billion over the next 20 years.  End-user spending for products and 
services over that same period could reach $170 billion or more, 
depending on market response.  The Seattle Consortium test will be the 
first to integrate existing technologies with traveler information 
from multiple services and will deliver this IVHS information in 
real-time to a variety of affordable and easy-to-use multiple-purpose 
Just as radios receive music via FM radio waves, the devices under 
the Seattle Consortium test will receive and display data from FM 
subcarrier radio signals.  The communications backbone that will 
transmit data for this IVHS test is the High Speed Data System (HSDS) 
wireless networking protocol developed by Seiko Telecommunication 
Systems Inc.  The company's HSDS system is currently under evaluation 
by the National Radio Standards Committee to become the standard for 
high speed FM subcarrier data broadcast systems.  This FM 
subcarrier-based network will transmit traffic and commute information 
to devices housing the Advanced Communication and Timekeeping 
Technology (ACTT) data receiver chip set, also developed by Seiko 
Telecommunication Systems.  
The consumer devices that will incorporate the ACTT data receiver 
chip set as part of this test include an IBM portable personal 
computer, a Delco Electronics in-vehicle radio receiver and the 
MessageWatch from Seiko Telecommunication Systems.  Each of these 
products will have different capabilities, as described below: 
IBM Portable Personal Computer -- An HSDS communications module 
will be attached to the portable computer so it can receive and display 
alphanumeric travel information transmitted over the network.  In 
addition to standard personal computer functionality, the product will 
-- Road network maps displaying real-time traffic conditions (in 
text and/or graphics)  
-- Mass transit schedules 
-- Real-time mass transit vehicle locations  
-- Automated ride-share information  
-- Suggested routes to key destinations  
-- Paging messages and personal information services 
Delco Electronics Car Radio Receiver -- The HSDS module will be 
integrated into the Delco Electronics Radio Receiver, making this 
product a quality car radio that also offers alphanumeric displays of:  
-- Vehicle location and guidance (using a Global Positioning System 
enhanced by differential GPS correction information)  
-- Traffic congestion and incident messages localized to the 
current vehicle location and the intended route of travel  
-- Paging messages and personal information services  
Seiko Telecommunication Systems MessageWatch -- An electronic 
timepiece, pager and personal data receiver in a wrist watch.  The 
model used for this test will display two lines of 12 alphanumeric 
characters and will offer a scrolling button to view multiple screens.  
Features include:  
-- Traffic incident reports localized to areas of interest to users  
-- Paging messages and personal information services  
For this Seattle-based test, these products will be supported by 
information provided by the following organizations:  
Washington State Department of Transportation -- will gather and 
process traffic data for transmission.  
King County Department of Metropolitan Services -- will provide bus 
location data and mass transit schedule information.  
University of Washington -- will provide the technical expertise 
needed to prepare and format data collected from the above mentioned 
organizations for sending to the end user devices.  
Etak Inc. -- will provide digital map databases and software tools 
for the Metro Traffic and IBM products for display of real-time traffic 
and transit data, business listings for the Delco Electronics offering 
and a geographic traffic data-entry terminal for Metro Traffic.  
Metro Traffic Control -- will collect and provide traffic advisory 
information relating to major traffic incidents.  
The test will begin this year with official system design and 
development and will run through the end of 1996.  

   For more information on each company's specific role in the Seattle 
Consortium for IVHS Technologies test, contact the following people: 

Delco Electronics Corp.                    
  Rob Leggat, Manager of Public Affairs            317/451-0657

Etak Inc. 
  Les Goldberg                                     714/545-3117

  Larry Sweeney, VP, Government Programs           415/328-3825

International Business Machines 
  Denos Gazis, Assistant Director, Systems,            
  Technology and Science                           914/945-2176

King County Department of Metropolitan Services
  Dan Williams                                     206/684-1151

  Catherine Bradshaw, Capital Project Coordinator, 
  Sales & Customer Service                         206/684-1770

Metro Traffic Control                              415/974-1890
  Joan Ravier, Director of Information Services    415/945-6855
Seiko Telecommunication Systems Inc. 
  Dan Stevens (Access PR)                          415/904-7070 x265

  Mike Park, VP of Business and Network 
  Development                                      503/531-1517

University of Washington 
  Mark Haselkorn, Professor/Chairman, 
  Technical Communication College of Engineering   206/543-2577

  Daniel J. Dailey, Professor 
  Department of Electrical Engineering             206/543-2493

Washington State Department of Transportation
  Peter Briglia, IVHS Program Manager              206/543-3331

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