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Transit Safety

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-14-C-10044
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-14-C-10044
Amount: $749,456.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 131FT1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5713RSBIR1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-10
Small Business Information
1763 Watermark Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-6492
United States
DUNS: 800200110
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Slagter
 President
 (616) 915-5715
 johnslagter@mackinacusa.com
Business Contact
 John Slagter
Title: President
Phone: (616) 915-5715
Email: johnslagter@mackinacusa.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The Mackinac Technology Company is proposing to continue its Phase I development of a novel antireflection technology that will dramatically reduce the reflection of interior lighting on transit bus windshields and significantly improve driver visibility and passenger/pedestrian safety. Transit bus operators are required to maintain a minimum level of interior lighting while operating at night. This lighting reflects off the interior side of the bus windshield creating blinds spots that limit the drivers’ ability to see pedestrians and vehicles outside the bus. During Phase I, Mackinac demonstrated a novel antireflection coating that reduced reflection from 7% to 1.5% when applied to the windshield glass. The result is an increase in the distance from which a driver can see pedestrians by about 30 feet. During Phase II, Mackinac will continue development of this technology leading to full scale commercialization.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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