FCC Reports, Second Series, Volume 2, December 15, 1965 to March 25, 1966 Page: 869
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Highway Emergency Locating Plan Radio Service (HELP) 869
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
PETITION To ESTABLISH A HIGHWAY EMERGENCY LOCATING PLAN
RADIO SERVICE (HELP)
(Adopted March 9, 1966)
BY THE COMMISSION : COMMISSIONER BARTLEY ABSENT.
Because new and more effective uses of radio in the public interest
are of vital concern to the Commission, it is interested in, and desirous
of, fostering the use of radio to aid the stranded motorist. The de-
mand for improved communications to the general public has been
steadily increasing and, among other things, the advent of the rural
freeway has made some type of emergency communications necessary.
The Commission recognizes the urgency of this problem and wishes to
cooperate to the fullest in bringing about the best possible solution at
an early date.
Although some research on the subject of the disabled motorist has
been conducted in the past, information to date concerning this prob-
lem is sketchy. However, recently there has been a quickening in the
tempo of research in this area by those groups, police and highway
officials, which have the direct responsibility for highway safety.
These efforts have been considerably spurred by the recent announce-
ment by the Bureau of Public Roads that Federal aid would be avail-
able for research and development of communications systems "needed
for the safety, accommodation, and convenience of motorists." Illus-
trative of the research and development efforts currently being under-
taken are the following: (1) A $5 million project by the Maryland
State Road Commission to provide a full-scale operational field labora-
tory along a portion of the Interstate Highway network to evaluate
individually and collectively certain communications systems; (2) a
study by the State of Nebraska to determine the feasibility of includ-
ing a highway emergency call subsystem in the statewide microwave
system; (3) a field test by the State of Illinois to provide emergency
call and audio sign communications on a section of Interstate Highway
80; (4) a project by the State of New Jersey to determine the feasi-
bility of a system to detect stopped vehicles on a shoulder of a highway
and transmit this information to a central location. Similar research
is being conducted by a number of other States and also universities
and private institutions.
Information which is being developed as a result of studies and tests
being conducted by the Bureau of Public Roads and the various State
highway departments would substantially increase our knowledge of
the disabled vehicle problem. It seems that for the Commission,
through its license authority, to permit the creation of a multiplicity
of systems would be a disservice to a large segment of the public. On
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