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Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anti-texting Rules on Commercial…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-12-C-10032
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
12.1-FM2
Solicitation Number:
1
Small Business Information
Savari, Inc.
2005 De La Cruz Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95050-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anti-texting Rules on Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10032
Award Amount: $149,454.80
 

Abstract:

Distracted driving could have severe repercussions leading to loss of life, loss of property, and expensive lawsuits. While there can be many reasons for the driver to get distracted, research shows that the probability of accidents from texting/web-surfing while driving is an order of magnitude higher. Although federal law prohibits texting by operators of commercial vehicles and has strict penalties, its enforcement due to difficulty of detection has been a shortcoming. We propose a solution by which such a violation can be detected and recorded. Our technical proposal for detection requires a combination of an on-board unit (OBU) and a smartphone. Furthermore, we also outline a larger concept of operations spanning insurance agencies, law enforcement, the trucking companies, and the drivers. We describe the role that each of these agencies can play in reducing the overall violations and the feedback mechanisms involved.

Principal Investigator:

Ramesh Siripurapu
Systems Architect
(408) 833-6369
ramesh@savarinetworks.com

Business Contact:

Ravi Puvvala
President & CEO
(408) 859-7284
ravi@savarinetworks.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Savari Inc.
2005 De La Cruz Blvd. #128 Santa Clara, CA 95050-

EIN/Tax ID: 510674320
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No