Radio Aids Driver Trainees (Feb, 1960)

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Radio Aids Driver Trainees

High school students learning to drive hear about their “road manners” through in-car radio setup.

BEFORE Flint, Mich., began its driver training program four years ago it had hit rock bottom in traffic safety for cities its size. Now Flint is number two. According to the latest fiscal figures available, driver training graduates were not involved in a single serious accident, and 95.5 percent had absolutely no traffic violations.

Delco Radio Division of GM has now joined the program with Hy-Com, their novel very low frequency radio communications system in which a single transmitter broadcasts messages to an all-transistorized in-car receiver. Hy-Com was designed primarily to allow authorities to inform drivers about speed limits, traffic conditions, exits—even historical points of interest. When the driver left the controlled road, he would return the receiver.

On the Flint driver training course, a permanent buried wire installation carries comments from a single instructor in an elevated tower to the would-be driver at the wheel. The instructor can communicate with any one of 20 drivers on the range and his messages are not heard beyond the immediate area.

3 comments
  1. Jari says: September 21, 201012:19 pm

    Here’s more, if you happen to be a subscriber or IEEE member. Unfortunately I’m not… http://ieeexplore.ieee…. What I gathered from the abstract, it’s basically an induction loop, similar in principle that’s used in some hearing-aids.

  2. Mike says: September 23, 20105:59 pm

    “Hey you kids, get off of my lawn! -Over-”

  3. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: September 27, 20107:39 pm

    “Hy-Com was designed primarily to allow authorities to inform drivers about speed limits, traffic conditions, exits—even historical points of interest.” Sounds a bit like what GPS services do now, not all of it by any means, but the kernel of the idea is there.

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