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Device and Strategy for Shock Wave Mitigation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-09-C-10039
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-09-C-10039
Amount: $99,813.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 091FH1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5709RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-03-15
Small Business Information
80 Shurtleff Rd., NORTH EASTHAM, MA, 02651
DUNS: 39343335
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Lawrence Hill
 (508) 240-5600
Business Contact
 Lawrence Hill
Title: President
Phone: (508) 240-5600
Research Institution

Substantial simulation work has been done showing that traffic shock-waves can be reduced or eliminated through "cooperative adaptive cruise control" and "communicating cruise control" where following vehicles are warned that leading vehicles are slowing in time to react.  To be effective, however, such devices must be installed and operate in the majority of vehicles in the queue.  Even if mandated today, it would take many years for this to occur, due to the development cycle of car manufacturers and the fact that cars typically on the road for about ten years.  We propose such a system in which the necessary hardware comprises an addition to after-market PNDs (GPS Personal Navigation Devices) and pays for itself by providing more current information about traffic conditions than would otherwise be available.  Users will buy it because of the improvement in quality of traffic reporting, and traffic reporting services will subsidize it in order to improve the timeliness of their data.  We propose to build prototypes of this device and to conduct a series of tests in live traffic to demonstrate its efficacy in Phae I.  This will provide a basis for more extensive trials in Phase II, and engagement with PND manufacturers.

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