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Multimodal Alerting Interface with Networked Short-range Transmissions (MAIN-ST)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5717C10116
Agency Tracking Number: 161FH2020II
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 161FH2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5716RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-03-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-03-30
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: Unavailable
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Jenkins
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Mark Felix
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

The connected vehicles (CV) program is a DOT initiative that uses dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) to enable safer and greener surface transportation. Ongoing efforts exist to bring motor vehicles and infrastructure onto CV networks, but bicycles have been largely overlooked. Consequently, a significant need exists to bring cyclists onto these networks so other connected entities can be aware of their presence, and cyclists can take advantage of the benefits available when receiving information from other connected entities. To address this challenge, Charles River Analytics executed a successful Phase I effort to design and demonstrate the feasibility of a Multimodal Alerting Interface with Networked Short-range Transmissions (MAIN-ST). Our Phase I MAIN-ST prototype brings cyclists onto CV networks using a hardware-agnostic approach, whereby a commercial DSRC radio and a tethered smartphone are used to source and transmit a basic safety message for bicycles. This CV connectivity enables a suite of MAIN-ST safe-cycling capabilities, including automated hazard assessment with multimodal alerting designed to communicate hazard information while promoting heads-up riding. Under Phase II, we propose to develop and evaluate a full-scope MAIN-ST system, through refinement of and human-use validation of current capabilities, and to pursue commercialization of MAIN-ST through strategic partnerships with industry.

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