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DetectID: Improving the Detection of Impaired Driving Through Virtual Reality Training

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 6913G623P800055
Agency Tracking Number: DOT-23-NH2-005
Amount: $148,104.96
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 23-NH2
Solicitation Number: 6913G623QSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-08-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-06
Small Business Information
5316 Highgate Drive Suite 125
Durham, NC 27713
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Allison Schmidt
 (919) 493-7700
Business Contact
 Jennifer Crichlow
Title: Accounting Assistant
Phone: (919) 493-7700
Research Institution

Impaired driving due to alcohol and drugs is a significant public health and safety problem in the U.S. The detection and enforcement of impaired driving laws are key to reducing this problem. Virtual reality training has the potential to support law enforcement officers in obtaining the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively detect impaired drivers. DetectID will be an immersive, accessible, scalable virtual reality simulation for law enforcement officers to enhance their existing training in detecting impaired drivers. The proposed product will provide law enforcement officers with the opportunity to interact with virtual drivers who are displaying observable symptoms of impairment. Within the virtual environment, law enforcement officers can practice the skills needed to determine if a driver is impaired due to alcohol or drugs. The proposed Phase I project will result in the development of a comprehensive plan for creating the immersive virtual reality training product. Interviews with stakeholders will contribute to the development of this plan and refinement of the training content, approach, and technical requirements of the final product. Drug Recognition Expert and virtual reality production consultants will provide additional input. The project team has expertise in developing impaired driving prevention and virtual reality training.

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