COLLISION AVOIDANCE TECHNIQUE USED BY THE MAJOR RAILROADS OF THE US STILL RELY ON THE ALERTNESS OF THE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER TO SEE AND RESPOND TO WARNING SIGNALS DISPLAYED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND ALONG THE RIGHT-OF-WAY.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$47,948.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1834
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Expert Systems Engineers
83 Wilson Pkwy, P.o. Box 80069, Fort Worth, TX, 76180
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PAUL T. ECKERT
INVESTIGATOR
() -
Business Contact:
Paul T. Eckert
Systems Engineer
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
COLLISION AVOIDANCE TECHNIQUE USED BY THE MAJOR RAILROADS OF THE US STILL RELY ON THE ALERTNESS OF THE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER TO SEE AND RESPOND TO WARNING SIGNALS DISPLAYED IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND ALONG THE RIGHT-OF-WAY. SO LONG AS THE ENGINEER REMAINS ALERT, THE SYSTEM WORKS WELL, BUT WHEN THE ENGINEER IS NOT QUICK TO PERCEIVE AND REACT TO DANDER SIGNALS, THE SYSTEM FAILS. MAINTAINING ENGINEER ALERTNESS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IF IT CAN BE ASCERTAINED WHEN THE ENGINEER IS NOT ALERT. RECENT RESEARCH INTO PHUSIOYSIOLOGIC CHANGES THAT ACCOMPANY REDUCED AWARENESS STATE INDICATES TESTHAT MEASURABLE CHANGES, DO, IN FACTR, ACCOMPANY THESE SE STATES. THIS PROPOSAL ADDRESSES THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCH A PHYSIOLOGIC MONITOR, WITH CONSIDERATIONS GIVEN TOEASE OF DONNING, ENGINEER STRESS AND FATIGUE, ACCURACY OF RESULTS ETC. AN OPERATIONAL PROTOTYPE WILL BE CONSTRUCTEDAS A RESULT OF THIS PROPOSAL AND WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS METHOD.

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