Transit Safety

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-13-C-10044
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-13-C-10044
Amount: $149,441.25
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: 131FT1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5713RSBIR1
Small Business Information
1763 Watermark Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546-
DUNS: 800200110
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Slagter
 (616) 915-5715
Business Contact
 John Slagter
Title: President
Phone: (616) 915-5715
Research Institution
The Mackinac Technology Company is proposing to develop a novel antireflection film that will virtually eliminate the reflection of interior lighting on transit bus windshields and significantly improve driver visibility and passenger/pedestrian safety. Additives are incorporated into windshield glass to reduce solar glare during daylight hours. These additives have the unfortunate effect of increasing the reflection of interior lighting at night. This problem is particularly troublesome for transit bus operators as they are required to maintain a minimum level of interior lighting for the passenger. The proposed SBIR innovation will result in a polymer film that, when adhered to the interior side of a bus windshield, will virtually eliminate reflection irrespective of the angle of incidence. This window film could be easily applied to existing bus windshields for a low cost solution to a critical safety challenge.

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