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HMMWV Variable Vehicle Cone Index (VCI)

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2014 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
GS Engineering Inc.
47500 U.S. Hwy 41 Houghton, MI 49931-9061
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2014
Title: HMMWV Variable Vehicle Cone Index (VCI)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-14-C-0094
Award Amount: $489,822.00


GS Engineering has developed through Phase I SBIR efforts, a variable VCI solution to evaluate and characterize vehicle operating terrain, for dynamic selection of CTIS operating modes, with no required operator input. By continually monitoring the terrain and adjusting the operating mode and associated tire pressures, mobility is increased in soft terrain and fuel efficiency is increased on hard terrain. Through system scalability based on varying in-theater priorities, the variable VCI system capabilities and fidelity are adaptable on a component level, for maximum value and reduced logistics. Phase II will build on this foundation in order to fully develop, prototype, validate, and commercially implement the technology developed in Phase I. In addition, technologies that may compliment the variable VCI solution (such as those that would improve overall dynamic system response time) will be investigated. The result will be a system that offers significant operational advantages for the Marine Corps ready for immediate integration into the tactical and support vehicle fleet across multiple platforms, as well as numerous commercial vehicle industries where mobility is challenged.

Principal Investigator:

Glen Simula
(906) 482-1235

Business Contact:

Chris Coxon
Vice President
(906) 482-1235
Small Business Information at Submission:

GS Engineering, Inc.
47500 US Hwy 41 Houghton, MI 49931-9061

EIN/Tax ID: 383611785
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes