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Microwave Vehicle Stopping

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Department of Homeland Security
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Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Cybernet Systems Corporation
3885 Research Park Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2247
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Microwave Vehicle Stopping
Agency: DHS
Contract: D07PC75296 (formerly NBCHC070094)
Award Amount: $749,956.00


Cybernet Systems is developing a novel, nonlethal method for disabling an uncooperative vehicle called the MVS, or Microwave Vehicle Stopper. Our system transmits modulated microwave energy to the target vehicle that is tailored to disrupt the computation functions of the vehicle engine controller, safely slowing and stopping the vehicle. Inducing a car to stall without permanent damage generally termed “vehicle upset”. Our goal is to defuse a potentially dangerous carchase by disabling power to the vehicle while leaving braking and steering unaffected. This system will provide law enforcement with a nonlethal tool for stopping vehicles in the safest possible manner. Our proposed Phase II effort is an extension of the successful Phase I project. We clearly showed feasibility using microwaves to upset vehicles in Phase I, and in Phase II we will refine the modulation schemes, validate the modulation patterns on multiple test vehicles, and will develop hardware prototypes. Functional Phase II systems will allow us to demonstrate the technology to user groups (law enforcement), police offices and government personnel. Ongoing interaction between Cybernet and users of the MVS (such as local police) is a particularly important strategy for developing a commercially viable product.

Principal Investigator:

Charles J. Jacobus
(734) 668-2567

Business Contact:

Daniel K. Jarrell
Contracts Manager
(734) 668-2567
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cybernet Systems Corporation
727 Airport Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1639

EIN/Tax ID: 430924383
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No