Communicating Towed unit (Trailer) Vehicle Identification Number(s) (VIN) to the Powered Unit

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DTRT57-12-C-10033
Agency Tracking Number:
DTRT57-12-C-10033
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
12.1-FM1
Solicitation Number:
1
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator:
George Zhao
Program Manager
(301) 294-5232
xzhao@i-a-i.com
Business Contact:
Mark James
Director, Contract and Proposals
(301) 294-5221
mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Usually the lifetime of a trailer is much longer than tractors; tractors must work with a variety types and ages of trailers over the course of their use. In many scenarios (e.g., roadside, border crossing, smart parking, connected vehicle initiative, etc.), it is necessary to identify trailer(s)' VIN(s) and know their order attached to the powered unit. An automated trailer VIN identification and sequencing system is proposed here, with the capability of identifying trailers' VINs and sorting their order. Our system is extremely low-cost and easily deployable in large scale. The proposed system will be field tested in real tractor and trailers scenarios in Phase I. In Phase II, the system will be tested in more completed scenarios and trailer configurations.

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