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SBIR Phase I: ManyWheels VehicleTransport Optimization

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90903
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0839294
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Dewalt, Kevin M
726 N Danville St Arlington, VA 22201-1918
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: SBIR Phase I: ManyWheels VehicleTransport Optimization
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0839294
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will pursue a solution to the inefficiencies in transporting automobiles. 80 million new and used vehicles are sold annually in the US in a rich, dynamic market involving manufacturers, dealers, wholesalers, consumers, banks, rental agencies, and others. In spite of the sophistication and size of this market, the transportation of these vehicles from seller to intermediary to buyer operates inefficiently, often using technology and business processes that pre-date the Internet. Commercial automobile transporters frequently drive routes with spare capacity or empty trucks because they cannot identify and secure new business opportunities in real time. This project will improve the efficiency of transporting automobiles by developing market-mechanisms to allow shippers and transporters to discover and negotiate opportunities in real time. Creating such a market requires solving a real-time logistics problem in an enormous, highly fractured market of thousands of businesses shipping millions of pieces of cargo among 10,000 transporters which often have limited communications infrastructure beyond PDAs and cell phones. Billions of dollars are spent annually transporting automobiles; the potential for even single-digit efficiency improvements creates a compelling business opportunity. The company that can achieve such improvements may benefit from the scalability and network effects that create attractive investment opportunities for venture capitalists. The financial model also improves with rising fuel prices. Additionally, the solution will have the strategic benefit to the US of reducing our oil consumption. It will also have the social benefit of reducing the US carbon footprint.

Principal Investigator:

Kevin M. Dewalt
MS
5713669196
kevindewalt@manywheels.com

Business Contact:

Kevin M. Dewalt
MS
5713669196
kevindewalt@manywheels.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Dewalt, Kevin M
726 N Danville St Arlington, VA 22201

EIN/Tax ID: 263367328
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No