Microwave Vehicle Stopping

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D07PC75296 (formerly NBCHC070094)
Agency Tracking Number: 0522006
Amount: $749,956.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB05.2-002
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
727 Airport Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108-1639
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Jacobus
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Daniel Jarrell
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Email: proposals@cybernet.com
Research Institution

Cybernet Systems is developing a novel, nonlethal method for disabling an uncooperative vehicle called the MVS, or Microwave Vehicle Stopper. Our system transmits modulated microwave energy to the target vehicle that is tailored to disrupt the computation functions of the vehicle engine controller, safely slowing and stopping the vehicle. Inducing a car to stall without permanent damage generally termed “vehicle upset”. Our goal is to defuse a potentially dangerous carchase by disabling power to the vehicle while leaving braking and steering unaffected. This system will provide law enforcement with a nonlethal tool for stopping vehicles in the safest possible manner. Our proposed Phase II effort is an extension of the successful Phase I project. We clearly showed feasibility using microwaves to upset vehicles in Phase I, and in Phase II we will refine the modulation schemes, validate the modulation patterns on multiple test vehicles, and will develop hardware prototypes. Functional Phase II systems will allow us to demonstrate the technology to user groups (law enforcement), police offices and government personnel. Ongoing interaction between Cybernet and users of the MVS (such as local police) is a particularly important strategy for developing a commercially viable product.

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