Low Ground Clearance Vehicle Detection and Warning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5717C10241
Agency Tracking Number: 131FR1009IIB
Amount: $499,788.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 131FR1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5713RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-29
Small Business Information
6650 Eli Whitney Drive, suite 400, Columbia, MD, 21046-1701
DUNS: 016565277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Eric Hui
 Principal Engineer
 (443) 766-7961
Business Contact
 Eric Rees
Title: COO & CFO
Phone: (443) 766-7860
Email: erees@atrcorp.com
Research Institution
Highway-rail grade crossings, at which there is an abrupt change in the level of the road surface as it crosses the tracks, present a severe hang-up risk to vehicles with low ground clearance. In Phase I and II, ATR developed a conceptual design for a Low Ground Clearance Vehicle Detection System (LGCVDS) to actively prevent such accidents. The LGCVDS is able to use a priori crossing profile data and measurements of the vehicle underbody profile in order to assess hang-up risk and warn the vehicle driver of the hazard. The Phase IIB effort extends this capability to support route planners in order to completely avoid risky crossings. By leveraging low cost in-vehicle navigation systems and low cost sensors that are becoming available on mobile platforms, the LGCVDS can provide a significant benefit to both commercial trucking companies and non-commercial vehicle operators by reducing the cost and time for transporting their payloads. A cloud based service will be developed under the Phase IIB program that enables third party route planners and navigation systems to incorporate vehicle hang-up risks.

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