Low Ground Clearance Vehicle Detection and Warning System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-13-C-10042
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-13-C-10042
Amount: $149,926.22
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2013
Solitcitation Topic Code: 131FR1
Solitcitation Number: DTRT5713RSBIR1
Small Business Information
Advanced Technology and Research Corp.
6650 Eli Whiney Dr., ste. 400, Columbia, MD, 21046-
Duns: 16565277
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Zhao
 VP, Robotics & Control System
 (443) 766-7978
 TZhao@ATRCorp.com
Business Contact
 Eric Rees
Title: COO & CFO
Phone: (443) 766-7860
Email: ERees@ATRCorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Highway-rail crossing, at which there is an unusually abrupt change in the level of the road's surface as it crosses the tracks, pose a risk of low ground clearance vehicles becoming stuck on the tracks. Advanced Technology and Research Corporation (ATR) proposes to develop an active detection and advance warning system. The system has three major functional componenets: measurement, decision, and warning. An integrated sensor system will be developed to classify the vehicle and measure the required physical parameters including a profile of the underbody of the vehicle and its approaching speed. The identified vehicle type and physical parameter measurements will be inputs to a decision algorithm to reach a go/no-go decision. If the margin is less than a safe-to-cross threshold value, then a no-go decision is issued and an advance warning system will advise the vehicle driver to stop with a sufficient distance before the crossing and to take a safe detour.

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