Improved Transit Rider Experience

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10036
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-12-C-10036
Amount: $102,701.60
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 121FT1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5712RSBIR1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-05-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-01-19
Small Business Information
4214 Beechwood Drive, suite 104, Greensboro, NC, 27410-
DUNS: 949127971
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 John Taylor
 President
 (336) 294-2828
 jtaylor@mercdatasys.com
Business Contact
 John Taylor
Title: President
Phone: (336) 294-2828
Email: jtaylor@mercdatasys.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We propose to develop an advanced navigation solution for public transportation passengers that will guide them from their origin to single or multiple destination points and across multiple modes of transportation. Passengers will simply need to enter their destination (and optionally a starting point) and the system will select optimal and alternative routes. The navigation software will run on the passenger's mobile device and use GPS to continuously locate the passenger's position. To support the passenger’s navigation through a public transport network, a host server will disseminate information to passengers in real time, including map data, routes, interchanges, schedules and alerts. To ensure the protection of privacy, all user information will be stored on the mobile phone. The most innovative part of this project will be passengers’ unrestricted freedom while using the public transportation network, since the system will dynamically adapt to any circumstances or detours that a passenger may want to take. Whether the passenger decides to get off the bus and have a cup of coffee, or opts to take different vehicles, or misses a transfer – the system will automatically detect the deviation from the original route and immediately calculate a new route to their destination(s).

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