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On-board Smart Vision System to Support Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Communication

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 6913G619C100051
Agency Tracking Number: 180FH1015II
Amount: $749,986.19
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 180-FH1
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-09-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-08
Small Business Information
3251 Progress Dr Rm 109
Orlando, FL 32826-2931
United States
DUNS: 081119980
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Enes Karaaslan
 (321) 987-9775
Business Contact
 Ahmet Ozbay
Title: Managing Partner
Phone: (515) 451-4945
Research Institution

Connected automated vehicle (CAV) technology has significant implications in terms of transportation system safety and efficiency. However, building and maintaining a wireless communication infrastructure (e.g. roadside units (RSUs), power, fiber optic lines etc.) across the U.S. is a challenging task. In urban areas, where vehicle population and vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) are high, building such an infrastructure could be economically viable. However, in rural areas, where traffic fatality rates are relatively higher, building the necessary infrastructure would be
impractical. To overcome this problem, this project develops a low-cost and technologically robust system that consists of uniquely-generated V2I message signs, and a smart on-board device equipped with standard-resolution camera, geolocation sensor and wireless transmitter. By recognizing a V2I safety message from V2I message signs using machine vision techniques, the device replicates some of the V2I safety application messages that are typically sent from expensive RSUs and transmits the message to a vehicle’s on-board unit. When in range of a wireless communication, the vehicle will start communicating directly with RSUs; and the device will stop transmitting messages. The device can request system updates when connection to the wireless communication infrastructure is available and secure.

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