Improved Transit Rider Experience

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Amount:
$103,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DTRT57-12-C-10030
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
DTRT5712RSBIR1
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-12-C-10030
Solicitation Topic Code:
121FT1
Small Business Information
Automa Aurora Inc.
2664 Hilgard Ave., Berkeley, CA, 94709-
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
967722815
Principal Investigator
 Mark Godwin
 Chief Technology Officer
 (510) 697-0243
 markfg@autoaurora.com
Business Contact
 John Godwin
Title: Business Mgr. & Technical Advisor
Phone: (310) 502-3665
Email: jackpg@automaaurora.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The project develops a flexible (flex) route bus system, as an alternative to fixed route system plans, to enhance a transit rider’s experience by routing buses in real-time based on rider demand. The architecture leverages existing smart phone, wireless, Internet and GPS technologies but drives innovation through online routing algorithms based on recent theoretical work in optimization and machine learning. The technology has been successfully applied to collaborative unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. The R&D develops comprehensive rider demand and bus service models within a computer simulation and then uses the simulation for qualitative and quantitative analysis. The simulation will study metrics such as average time to passenger pickup and bus fleet mileage for both the proposed flex solution and the traditional fixed route method.

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