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Autonomous Trailer Hitch Couple/Decouple

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-20-C-0160
Agency Tracking Number: A201-094-0798
Amount: $111,419.31
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A20-094
Solicitation Number: 20.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-06-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-01-30
Small Business Information
3741 Plaza Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1655
United States
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Glenn Beach
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Margaret Press
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

We know of no commercial system deployed that also automatically couples mechanical, electrical, and other facilities lines (air and hydraulic) from the vehicle to the trailer.  Actual mechanical, electrical, and facilities coupling are typically done by hand after proper coupling alignment and positioning has been achieved. In Phase I our approach to the problem will be to demonstrate two key development concepts.  The first will be sensing and closed loop backwards driving control to align tractor-coupling hook with the trailer-coupling hook.  This demonstrates a capability roughly equivalent to commercial automated backup systems and is well within the capabilities of Autonomous Ground Resupply (AGR) kits and trucks and therefore will be readily integrated into those systems as a software behavior.

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