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Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anti-texting Rules on Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers

Company: Savari, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
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… more

SmartWorkZone - Situational awareness messages in the vehicle when driving through a work zone area.

Company: Savari, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Congestion due to a work zone can cause accidents, as the drivers may not be prepared to take sudden actions ahead of a work zone or in some cases may not have enough visibility/time. Transmitting alert messages in advance can enable the driver to take safety precautionary measures so that it is… more

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Company: E-Systems Communications Corp. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: The goal of this research is to study the feasibility that mobile devices have the capabilities and accuracy to be used as positioning devices for connected vehicles programs. We will demonstrate this proposition by implementing positioning capturing apps using the build in GPS and accelerometers,… more

Advanced Locomotive Energy Storage System

Company: Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: At present, trains use various dissipative braking systems to slow and stop, and this significant braking energy is ultimately converted to heat and wasted. APEI, Inc. has proposed a hybrid tender which can capture and reuse a significant fraction of this braking energy (at least 50%). The hybrid… more

Commercialization of DGPS Compression and Modeling Methods for Vehicle Use

Company: SubCarrier Systems Corporation (SCSC) Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: The primary technical objective to be achieved during Phase II is the transition from the developed laboratory prototype, which clearly demonstrated the feasibility and superior outcomes of the approach, to a deployable system consisting of two key elements (the reference station - compression side… more

Safer, Greener, User-Friendly Bus and Rail Transit

Company: Bevilacqua-Knight Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: Our Phase I effort demonstrated that a small air/steam propulsion system could provide immediate power without a boiler, and that power could be varied by varying the ration of water and air in the propellant mix. In this proposed Phase II effort this same system will be scaled to a larger bench… more

Intelligent Dimension Evaluation and Alerting System (IDEAS)

Company: International Electronic Machines Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: Low or narrow bridges are often hit by legal-sized commercial vehicles and oversize vehicles often strike regulation bridges. In both cases the accidents result in extensive property damage, possible personal injuries and even death, and increased traffic congestion. Past attempts to warn drivers… more

Transportation Autonomous Device

Company: International Electronic Machines Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: Job related injuries cost the railroads over $1 billion annually and from 2005 through 2008 30.3% of those injuries occurred in the rail yard. A majority of the accidents were attributed to slips, trips and falls from the worker slipping on ballast or tripping on other trackside objects. IEM is… more

Examination of HM Portable Tanks within Transportation System

Company: Intelligent Automation, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Portable tanks used to transport hazard materials are often subject to forces and stress, thermal cycle loading, and shock/vibration throughout the transportation process. It is an interest to assess what effects may occur during loading and unloading from one shipping mode to another and what… more

Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anto-texting Rules on Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) Drivers

Company: Intelligent Automation, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) proposes an innovative anti-texting system which does not prevent the use of any cell phone but can detect and record the texting and driving behavior for enforcement instead. This proposal lays out a concrete plan to develop a robust and cost effective system that… more

Communicating Towed unit (Trailer) Vehicle Identification Number(s) (VIN) to the Powered Unit

Company: Intelligent Automation, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Usually the lifetime of a trailer is much longer than tractors; tractors must work with a variety types and ages of trailers over the course of their use. In many scenarios (e.g., roadside, border crossing, smart parking, connected vehicle initiative, etc.), it is necessary to identify trailer(s)'… more

GeoRad-Next Generation High Resolution, Long Range, Flexible and Modular Ground Penetrating Radar

Company: Intelligent Automation, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Intelligent Automation Inc (IAI) in collaboration with IDS North America proposes to develop the next generation Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) technology called GeoRad. We will leverage an existing state –of-the-art dual-frequency dual-polarized massive array GPR and improve its accuracy so that… more

Environmentally Friendly Low Friction Coating for Concrete Barriers

Company: Resodyn Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Resodyn Corporation is proposing a material and application system that will create a low friction coating on concrete median barriers. The advanced material developed for the low friction coating is an affordable, tough, weather resistant, and environmentally friendly copolymer. The proposed… more

Low Friction hybridSil Coatings for Preventing Vehicle Rollover on Concrete Barriers

Company: Nanosonic, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: The objective of this DoT SBIR program is to establish a technical foundation enabling the rapid commercial integration of low friction HybridSil™ coatings on concrete barriers for drastic reductions in vehicle rollover potential. Phase I coatings would have immediate utility within a broad… more

Smart Pipeline Network - Cased Pipe for Monitoring and Sensor System

Company: Odyssian Technology Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: This PHMSA SBIR focuses on the development of a new multi-channel cased in pipe design with internal support structure that will allow access along its entire axial length while adequately securing the carrier pipe to the containment pipe. When combined with the Seal Sensor System (proposed… more

Smart Pipeline Network - Pipe & Repair Sensor System

Company: Odyssian Technology Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: This PHMSA SBIR focuses on the development of a Pipe and Repair Sensor System. When combined with the Seal Sensor System (proposed separately), this technology will allow for a Smart Pipeline Network having integrated sensor networks that provide for continuous real-time monitoring of leaks and… more

Smart Pipeline Network - Seal Sensor System

Company: Odyssian Technology Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: This PHMSA SBIR focuses on the development of a Seal Sensor System. When combined with the Pipe and Repair Sensor System (proposed separately), this technology will allow for a Smart Pipeline Network having integrated sensor networks that provide for continuous real-time monitoring of leaks and… more

Dynamic Non-Contact 3D Measurement System for Rollover Testing

Company: Photon-X, Inc Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: During Phases I and II, Photon-X successfully demonstrated the feasibility of applying its patented Spatial Phase Imaging technology to the problem of non-contact 3D imaging during a rollover test and delivered a viable prototype system. During Phase IIB, Photon-X will continue to refine the system… more

Individualized Fatigue Management Program Technology for Trucking Operations

Company: Pulsar Informatics Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: Individual differences in vulnerability to sleep loss and fatigue from extended work hours and night work are a substantial problem in transportation policy making, work schedule development, fatigue risk management strategies, and prediction of performance impairment in real-world operations (Van… more

Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake System Emulator Development

Company: Sharma & Associates Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Migration of the vehicle fleet from the current, pneumatic-only, automatic air brake (AAB) system to ECP presents a significant challenge due to the systems’ inherent operational incompatibility. This project will investigate the feasibility of devices that can help to ease this transition by… more

Three dimensional detection ranging and mapping of utilities and underground infrastructure at intersections using step-frequency groung penetrating radar without traffic control

Company: Starodub Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: A method to detect, locate, and map utilities and underground infrastructure is proposed at traffic speeds based on recent advances in step-frequency ground penetrating radar (SFGPR). Recent work by the proposed research team has already demonstrated imaging of subsurface civil infrastructure… more

Creating Spatial Disorientation in Flight Simulation

Company: Systems Technology, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: Loss of control associated with an inability of pilots to recover from upsets and unusual attitudes is the leading cause of world-wide commercial jet accidents. A key component in many of these events is pilot spatial disorientation. Improved pilot training in these abnormal flight conditions,… more

A Quantitative Non-destructive Residual Stress Assessment Tool for Pipelines

Company: Generation 2 Materials Technology LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: There exists a wide-range need in both industry and government for quantitative residual stress measurements. Generation 2 Materials Technology LLC (G2MT) will collaborate with partners from industry and government to calibrate and commercialize the eStress system to assess residual stress from… more

ElectroDynamic Shield for Prevention of Optical Surface Contamination

Company: Poly Adaptive LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Automated Track Inspection Program uses optical systems such as cameras or laser-based systems to monitor rail performance throughout the country. These systems are hindered by adverse weather conditions that allow water, dirt and mud to coat their… more

Improved Transit Rider Experience

Company: Automa Aurora Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOT / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: The project develops a flexible (flex) route bus system, as an alternative to fixed route system plans, to enhance a transit rider’s experience by routing buses in real-time based on rider demand. The architecture leverages existing smart phone, wireless, Internet and GPS technologies but drives… more