Innovative Solutions to Effectively Enforce Anti-texting Rules on Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10032
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-12-C-10032
Amount: $149,454.80
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 121FM2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5712RSBIR1
Small Business Information
2005 De La Cruz Blvd., #128, Santa Clara, CA, 95050-
DUNS: 826394657
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Ramesh Siripurapu
 Systems Architect
 (408) 833-6369
Business Contact
 Ravi Puvvala
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (408) 859-7284
Research Institution
Distracted driving could have severe repercussions leading to loss of life, loss of property, and expensive lawsuits. While there can be many reasons for the driver to get distracted, research shows that the probability of accidents from texting/web-surfing while driving is an order of magnitude higher. Although federal law prohibits texting by operators of commercial vehicles and has strict penalties, its enforcement due to difficulty of detection has been a shortcoming. We propose a solution by which such a violation can be detected and recorded. Our technical proposal for detection requires a combination of an on-board unit (OBU) and a smartphone. Furthermore, we also outline a larger concept of operations spanning insurance agencies, law enforcement, the trucking companies, and the drivers. We describe the role that each of these agencies can play in reducing the overall violations and the feedback mechanisms involved.

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