Federal funds are flowing again into high-tech highway research with the recent awarding of $12.7 million in Intelligent Vehicle Initiative (IVI) grants to several big truck manufacturers for researching advanced safety systems. IVI replaced the National Automated Highway System Consortium (NAHSC) in fall 1998 because the U.S. Dept. of Transportation said it wanted to focus on near-term safety solutions, such as collision avoidance systems, rather than programs decades away from being ...

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